Jewett Presbyterian Church Records
Minutes of Meetings 1802-1833
Contributed by Rebecca McGowan. Transcribed from the original records
Dec 6, 1802
In a meeting of a number of inhabitants of the town of Windham, convened at the home of Mr. Theopholis Peck on the Eleventh of December in the Year of our Lord one thousand Eight Hundred and Eleven, for the purpose of forming themselves into a Society and Contributing something for the support of the Gospel among heathens.
William Beach Esq, was chosen chairman and Horace V. Beach secretary.
Voted that we agree to form into a society for the purposes above mentioned.
That a committee be appointed to form a constitution for said society and lay it before the next meeting that this committee consist of Rufus Beach and Horace V. Beach
The following Constitution was exhibited read and adapted
We the subscribers in the town of Windham having taken into consideration the many priviledges we enjoy over our heathen brethren by living in a christianized country when we are helped , I with the preaching of the gospel and when we have daily illustrations of divine truth exhibited unto us;- We feel it an indispensable duty on us and all those who live in this enlightened part of the land to contribute something of our abundance to assist in sending a preacher and gospel among those of our fellow Mortals who grope in Heathenism, ignorance and Imorality and who have never heard of a crucified redeemer.-further Solomnly confiding in gods goodness knowing that he has made promises unto those who cast their bread upon the waters and his having made with the duty of mortals to make use of means for the conversion of sinners. We do freely engage to cast in our mite to employ faithful Ambassadors to Jesus to go and dispense the word of God among them, or for such other Missionary purposes as the society shall deem, thinking it may be perhaps be a means of bringing many soules into his marvelous light.
For the purposes above mentioned we also agree to form ourselves into a society, to be known as the Benevolent Society for the support of missions, set our names to this instrument, appoint such officers and such resolves as shall be deemed proper and necessary for the regulations of
William Beach, Luman Squire, Wiliam Distin, Nathaniel Beach, Justus Squire, Isaac Miles, Harlaem Baldwin, Samuel Wolcott, Harry M Avery, Adna Beach, Harvy Baldwin, Ira Meir,
Bennet Osborn, Veron Hough, Isaac Johnson, Joel Peck, Samuel Baldwin, Samuel Peck, Daniel Miles, Jonathon Beach, Amos Peck, Jared Rice, David Johnson, Wyllys Hotsford,,Theopholis Peck, Elisha Thompson, Ebenezer Johnson, Horace V. Beach, Wyllys Miles, Erastus Beach, Rufus Beach, John Beach, Ira Johnson, Norman Ticknor, Samuel Johnson, Rueben Hosford, Harry Johnson, Ransom Wolcott, Chauncey Peck, Charles Vorse, Hilon Baldwin, Edmund Miles, Nathaniel Hull, Lemuel Hitchcock, Charles Peck, Ezra Pratt, Harry Hosford, Ziba Johnson, David Johnson Jr., Ralph Coe, Oliver Coe, Abraham Camp, Ransom Johnson, Daniel Beers, John Lockwood, David Chase, Samuel Atwater
The Society shall have three officers chosen annually on the first Wed in January
William Beach esq. President
Horace V. Beach secretary
Mr. Theopholis Peck Treasurer
Annual Meeting and election of officers
William Beach Esq. President
Norman Ticknor Secretary
William Peck Treasurer
Each month a question was posed to one member the answer was to be exhibited at the next meeting
Elections William Beach esq. Presbyterian Norman Ticknor secretary
Theopholis Peck Treasurer
William Beach asked to be excused from the position and was replaced by Mr.
Meeting prevented by a wedding.
At the home of Mr. Charles Peck
Daniel Beers Chairmen Horace V. Beach secretary.
The society wishes to dissolve and reform for the same purpose
This Society shall be know by the name and title of the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society of Lexington. This society shall be governed by three officers and shall meet on the first Wed in every month at six o'clock afternoon for prayer and contribution.
Daniel Beers, Rueben Hosford, Theopholis Peck, William Beach, Jared Rice, Amos Peck, Charles Peck, Samuel Peck, Isreal Thompson, Stephen Johnson, John Beach, Horace V. Beach,
Harry Johnson, John Lockwood, Ezra Pratt, Hathe Beach, Edmund Avery, Hary B. Avery, Ira Rice, Charles Goslee, Harry Hosford, Ira Johnson, Ashael Dickerman,
1820 New Members: Joel Peck, Liba Johnson
1821 New Members: Luman Squire, Luther Ford, Samuel Baldwin, John Bray, Samuel Osborn, David Chase, Elisha Bailey, Oliver Coe, Norman Ticknor, David Harrower
1824: 1.Noah Beers
Members who Donated to the Mission
1817: Daniel Beers, Rueben Hosford, Theopholis Peck, William Beach, Jared Rice, Amos Peck, Charles Peck, Samuel Peck, Stephen Johnson, Horace Beach, John Lockwood, Harry Johnson,
Ezra Pratt, Nathaniel Beach, Edmund Avery, Harry Avery, Ira Rice, Charles Morse, Harry Hosford, Ira Johnson, Ashael Dickerman
1820: Rueben Hosford, Theopholis Peck, Jared Rice, Amos Peck, Charles Peck,
Samuel Peck, Horace Beach, Ezra Pratt, John Lockwood, Henry Johnson, Nathaniel
Beach, Edmund Avery, Harry Avery, Ira Rice, Charles Morse, Harry Hosford, Ira
Johnson, Ashael Dickerman, Alfred Peck, Ziba Johnson, Luman Squire, Luther Pond,
John Bray, Samuel Osborn, David Chase, Oliver Coe, Norman Ticknor,
1821: Rueben Hosford, Theopholis Peck, Jared Rice, Amos Peck, Charles Peck, Samuel Peck, Horace Beach, Ezra Pratt, John Lockwood, Henry Johnson, Nathaniel Beach, Ira Rice, Edmund Avery, Harry Avery, Charles Morse, Ira Johnson, Henry Hosford, Ashael Dickerman, Alfred Peck, John Bray, Ziba Johnson, Luman Squire, Luther Pond, David Chase, Samuel Osborn, Elisha Bailey, Oliver Coe, Norman Ticknor
1822: Rueben Hosford, Theopholis Peck, Jared Rice, Amos Peck, Charles Peck, Samuel Peck, Horace Beach, Ezra Pratt, John Lockwood, Henry Johnson, Nathaniel Beach, Ira Rice, Edmund Avery, Henry Avery, Charles Morse, Alfred Peck, Henry Hosford, Ira Johnson, Ashael Dickerman, John Bray, Ziba Johnson, Luman Squire, Luther Pond, Oliver Coe, Samuel Osborn, David Chase, Elisha Bailey, Norman Ticknor, David Harrower
1823: Rueben Hosford, Theopholis Peck, Jared Rice, Amos Peck, Charles Peck, Samuel Peck, Horace Beach, Ezra Pratt, John Lockwood, Henry Johnson, Edmund Avery, Ira Rice, Harry Avery, Charles Morse, Henry Hosford, Alfred Peck, Ira Johnson, Ashael Dickerman, Ziba Johnson, John Bray, Luman Squire, Luther Pond, Samuel Osborn, David Chase, Elisha Bailey,
Oliver Coe ,Norman Ticknor, David Harrower
1826: Norman Ticknor, Theopholis Peck, Seth Peck, Jared Rice, Jared Johnson ,Elisha Bailey, Oliver Coe, Ezra Pratt, Rueben Wolcott, Charles Peck, Alfred Peck, Noah Beers, Davis Harrower, Ashael Dickerman, Horace Beach, Ira Rice, Isaac Johnson, David Chase, Henry Hosford, Harry Johnson, Rueben Hosford, Samuel Peck, Ziba Johnson, Luman Squire,
1826: Rev David Harrower, Oliver Coe, Theopholis Peck, Ezra Pratt, Norman Ticknor, Alfred Peck, Elisha Bailey, David Chase, Charles Peck, Ashael Dickerman, Jared Johnson, Amos Peck,
Horace Beach, Jared Rice, Samuel Osborn, Noah Beers, Samuel Baldwin, Samuel Peck, Luman Squire
New constitution and election of officers
Rev.William Johnson Pres.
Deac Munson Buel Presbyterian
Elisha Bailey Treasurer
Ambrose Baldwin, Loring Beach, Amos Rice, Oliver Coe, Rueben Wolcott, Ashael Dickerman
Sally Baldwin, Nancy Hull, Elizabeth Miles, Asenath Bailey, Sally O Rice, Emeline Chase
At a Meeting of the congregation of the church of Lexington held at the meeting house on May 11, 1827 Pursuant to the legal matter for the purpose of taking into consideration the proprietary of changing the form of Government of the said church.
Members of the church present:
Theopholus Peck, Loring Beach, Samuel Peck, Samuel Wolcott, Adna Beach, Rueben Hosford, Jared Rice, Samuel Baldwin, David Johnson, Isaac D. Johnson, Samuel Osborn, Oliver Coe, Charles Peck, David Chase, Norman Tickner, George W. Fero, Jared Johnson, Ambrose Baldwin, Alanson Holcomb, William Osborn, Liba Johnson, Luman Squires, Munson Buel, Ira Rice, Elisha Bailey, Horace Beach, Henry Johnson, John Parker, Ezra Pratt
It was resolved that the church adopt to the Presbyterian Form of Government
Elders Chosen By Ballot
Munson Buel, Luman Squires, Norman Ticknor, Elisha Bailey, Ambrose Baldwin, H. V Beach, Oliver Coe, Charles Peck
Deacon Munson Buel Chosen delegate to attend the Columbia Presbytery to meet at Hunter the 3rd Tuesday of June
Ambrose Baldwin and Luman Squires appointed to check into the matter of Jeheil Winchel jr. and his reasons for Absenting himself from Worship of the Ordinances of the Religion.
Charged with and confessed to Quarreling with a neighbor, gross violation of the Sabbath and Absenting himself from public worship of the communion of the lords supper.
Voted to have Mrs. Esther Holcomb appear to answer to charges of violating the seventh commandment. She married in May or June 1826 Mr. Barber while her own husband was presently living.
Levi Bailey chosen to represent the church at the next meeting of the Presbytery at Green River the 3rd Tuesday in September.
Session Meeting Rev Chaplin Presiding . Met to hear the Cause of Mrs. E. Holcomb. She was assisted by Deacan Munson Buel. It was stated that in the Month of May or June 1826 She contracted into a marriage against the laws of this state with a Mr. Jesse Barker while her own husband still was living. She admitted to the facts but denies they are a violation of the seventh commandment because Mr Holcomb for several years has refused to live with her.
The matter of Mrs. Holcomb was resumed and the charges were sustained. It was voted that Mrs Esther Holcomb be Suspended from the ordinances of the church until she shall make proper satisfaction.
Session meeting for the examination of candidates for admission into the church.
Sarah Beach, Susan Peck, Mary Peck, Sally O Rice, Selina Miles, Loretta Rice, A.A. Kinn, Laura Bailey, Emily Johnson, Lucinda Buel, Emily Dickerman, Mary Coe, Sophia Osborn, Perlina Seymour, Lucinda Coe, R. M. Kinn, Luanna Beers, Julia Ann Mann, Emaline Beach, Mary Bray, Mary Johnson, Almira Peck
James Beers, Charles B. Peck, Aaron Pond
Admitted by letters of Recomondation:
Walter Barber, Mrs Lucretia Johnson, Mrs Charles Mann
Examination of Candidates for admission:
Phlina Goslee, Lucretia Squires, Elizabeth L. Miles, Mrs Honor Thompson was admitted by a letter of Recomondation from the church in Windham
Examinations for admission
Levi Parker, Cariline Rice, Mary Holms
Session meeting at the home of Horace Beach
Elders Absent . L. Squire, N. Ticknor, and C. Peck the later who now resides out of Town
Br. M Buel and E. Bailey were appointed a committee to visit Br. Luman Squire to ascertain into the grounds of certain rumors abroad about his unchristian character.
A committee was appointed to visit Mrs Squire and Edward the Wife and Son of Luman Squire and converse with them on the subject in regard to which Mr Squire had been visited by the former committee. Oliver Coe and Ashael Baldwin appointed this Committee
Session meeting Brother Luman Squire. Came forward and Confessed the Following. In relation to the testament of his son Edward who is now 21 years of age
That he was in Violent possession
That he raised him upon by the hair
That he kicked him
All because Edward did not rise that morning as soon as desired by his father
Session Meeting A letter of dismission and recommendation to the church in Hunter was granted to Br William Brown and Wife. Voted that the charges against Elder Luman Squire are sustained and he should make confession in front of the whole congregation which he refused.
Voted that the case of Luman Squire be referred to the next meeting of the Presbytery with Norman Ticknor being the representative.
Rev William Johnson was installed as Pastor of this church and People
Session Meeting L. Squire Absent.
Norman Ticknor reported on the decision of the Presbytery " resolved that the Church of Lexington be advised to adhere to their uniform custom in the case of Luman Squire and require of him a public confession in the same manor as they do of others who are guilty of public sin
signed: William Chester State Clerk, C. H. Goodrich Clerk
The following resolution was made by the session:
"resolved that the case of Br. Luman Squire requires immediate decision. And that on the second sabbath in Oct his sentence of Excommunication be publicly announced unless he make satisfaction by reading or desiring to be read a full confession of his sins before the congregation he being present"
Session meeting Nancy Peck presented herself for examination and was admitted
Session Meeting Absent L Squire and E Bailey, Mrs Mary Johnson
Examined and admitted with a letter from a sister church Mrs Lydia Hammerkin, was examined and admitted. Mrs Hannah Finch received a letter of Dismission, and Recommendation to the church in Catskill. Brothers Ticknor and Baldwin were appointed to a committee and Brothers Beach and Buel another committee to inquire into the matter of some difficulties existing between members of the church.
The sentence of Luman Squires Excommunication was publicly read.
Mrs Clarissa Whitcomb was examined and received
Br Luther Ford Was granted a letter of recommendation to the Church in Windham.
The Church held a meeting for the purpose of electing three new elders increasing the number from 8 to 9. Deacon Theopholis Peck, Samuel Osborn, and Amos Peck were appointed new elders.
The session voted to Julia Rice ( Now Chapman) a letter of Recommendation and Dismission to the Second Presbyterian Church in Windham.
Voted to give A. A. Kinny a Letter of Recommendation and Dismission to the Presbyterian church in Hunter. Aseneth Bailey was examined and received. That a committee be appointed to visit Henry Johnson
In consequence of Rumors unfavorable to the Christian character of Ira Bailey his case was brought before the session but was postponed for the purpose of attaining further information.
John Beach Admitted by Letter
The facts in the case of Ira Bailey Were Presented. Ira Bailey who has resided with his family has resided at Mount Morris for some years past left his wife and Family went to Royalton, Married another Wife and soon after absconded and has not been heard from since. Resolved to suspend Br. Bailey from communion.
Ralph Coe was examined and Addmitted.
Session met to hear charges against Levi Parker in regards to derogatory christian character.
He confessed and offered to make public confession and apology
Session meeting at the home of Widow Distin. Ransom Distin was examined and admitted.
Lords supper Ransom Distin, Mary Doolittle, and Ralph Coe were received into the congregation of the Church.
Session meeting N. Ticknor and Oliver Coe were appointed a committee to inquire into the matter of Doct Issac Vorse an absent member of this church. Amos Peck and Horace Beach were appointed to look into certain allegations against Mary Bray.
Rebecca Ann Vorse was Examined and Admitted
Committee report on Doct Vorse A letter is to be written reminding him of his lack of duty in not taking a letter from this church and uniting with another in the vicinity of his home.
Session met the case of Polly Bray was noticed.
Mrs Nancy Holms was granted a letter of Dismission and Recommendation to the Church of Christ in Mc Donough
Deac Basett, Laura Bassett and Benet Bassett presented themselves for examination
Mrs Bassett and Two daughters were examined and Accepted.
A Committee was appointed to converse with Ethan Bailey and Mrs Showers on the Subject of Not supporting the Gospel. Samuel Osborn and Amos Peck appointed the committee. Deac Peck appointed to visit Ziba Johnson to know the reason for his not paying his subscription for Preaching.
Mrs Aura Votes was Examined and Accepted.
Julia Ann and William Warker were examined and Accepted.
A Letter of Dismission and Recommendation to the Church of Christ in East Windham Was granted to Joel Peck and Wife.
In consequence of rumors unfavorable to the christian character of Jehiel Winchell, Mary Bray and John Beach voted that Samuel Osborn, Amos Peck and Ashael Baldwin be a committee to visit with them and that Br Elisha Bailey and Oliver Coe be a committee to visit Henry Johnson who is reported as being Intemperate.
The committee reported that the visit with John Beach went Unfavorably but the other two Favorably. Jehiel Winchel granted a letter of dismission and recommendation to the Church in East Windham.
Mrs Sussanah Buel was examined and Accepted.
Abiel Baldwin and Wife presented a letter of Recommendation from the Church of Christ in Albany
Ralph Coe received a Letter of Dismission and Recommendation to the Second Presbyterian Church in Windham.
Hilan Baldwin, John Peck, Milo P Buel, Cyrus W Pratt, Elizabeth L Root, Candace Johnson, Polly Chase, Jane Osborn, Mary Ann Holms, Lydia B Peck, Catherine Wolcott, Abigail Osborn,
Mary Ann Baldwin
Mr and Mrs Fero receive a Letter to any church were they may cast their lot.
Session Meeting at the home of Abram Parker the following were examined:
Edward Parker, Elizabeth Parker, Harriet Boardman
The following Were examined:
William Goslee, Harriet Distin, David Hosford
Oliver Coe and Norman Ticknor be a committee to visit Br Lewis Beers to Inquire into his reasons for neglecting Public Worship
Brother John Lockwood being present was asked to sit as corresponding Member. Munson Buel and N. Ticknor appointed a committee to visit Br R Wolcott and John Parker and family and affect a settlement in matters diverse between them and Br Hosford if Possible.
Whereas several of the Bretheren of this church living in the Great Flats Having with Liberty from this session to unite with a church which is expected to be organized there. Resolved that the following have permission to unite with the church there if it is formed:
Walter L Barber, Richard Peck and Wife, Chauncey Peck and Wife, John Peck and Wife
Voted to Grant Br Rueben Wolcott and Wife a letter of Dismission and Recommendation to the Presbyterian Church in Ruggles, Huron County, Ohio
Voted a Letter of Dismission and Recommendation to Brother Lewis H Chamberlin to the church of Christ in Lexington Flats.
A Complaint was Launched to the session against Br Elisha Parker for Drunkedness by Oliver Coe. Witness Br Jared Johnson, West Chase, Samuel Baldwin and Nelson Goslee. Letter of Dismission to James H Beers and Wife to the Church in Windham
Mr C Peck and Wife Sally were admitted to this church with a letter from the church in Hunter. Mrs Sally O Mattoon be granted a letter to join with the church in Cairo of the Presbyterian faith. Miss Lydia Chamberlin be Dismissed and Recommended to the Church on Lexington Flatts. Brother Elisha Parker Suspended from this Church.
Capt A. R. Avery was present and sat a corresponding member
Mrs Caroline Chapman recommended to the Church in East Windham.
Letter of dismission and recommendation to Mrs Lucy Steele to the 1st Church in Windham And to Miss Mary Helms to the Church in McDonough Chenengo County.
Rev Augusta Chaplin Was installed as Pastor of this Church. A committee was appointed to visit the following to find their reasons for non attendance at public worship. Lewis Beers, H. Hosford, R. Hosford.
December 27th 1833
The committee that was appointed to visit the previously mention persons reported that all said they did not belong to this church by reason of the changes that had taken place in the form of government
January 3rd 1834
H. Avery was present from East Windham and was invited to sit with us. Br. L Osborn was absent.
January 19th 1934
A letter of Decommission and recommendation was given to Mr. Abiel Baldwin and wife and daughter to the Presbyterian Church of Andes, Del. CO.
April 7th 1834
Mrs. Mary Johnson was given a letter of Dismiss ion and recommendation to the 4th Presbyterian Church in Newark, N.J.
Mr. Jared Osborn is the Delegate to the meeting of the Presbytery
Whereas Deacon Theopholis Peck, Having been in a great measure incapable of officiating as Deacon in the Church, By way of his Age and bodily infirmities, We feel that the cause of the Church would be bettered by appointing some other person to that Office.
April 13th 1834
A letter of dismiss ion and recommendation was granted to Mrs. Belinda Woodhouse to the Presbyterian Church to be organized at the head of the Delaware River
May 2nd 1834
Mr. Charles Peck was chosen As New Deacon
August 14th 1834
There are certain rumors about derogatory to the Christian character of Mrs. Sally O. Johnson.
August 21st 1834
The committee appointed to visit Sister S. O. Johnson reported and the business is deferred until next meeting.
September 2nd 1834
A committee of Deacon Buel and Brother Osborn is appointed to visit Sister Lucretia Squire.
A committee of three is to visit Sally O Johnson to converse with her reflecting certain Rumors and the charges against her. Deacon Buel, E. Bailey and O. Coe are this committee.
September 23rd 1834
Br. H. V. Beach has requested to be released from serving any longer as clerk of this session, his request is granted. Brother E. Bailey is appointed in his place.
October 29th 1834
Mrs. Abby Chaplin was examined for admission
November 2nd 1834
Mrs. Abby Chapin was received into fellowship with this church by letter from the 2nd church in Newark, NJ
November 13th 1834
Resolved that Br. Elisha Parker, who has been suspended from this church for the sin of intemperance and unchristian character be excommunicated and also Mrs. Esther Holcomb for a breach of the 7th Commandment.
Resolved that Br. Osborn is requested to visit Elisha Thompson and acquaint him with the rule of this church as concerning absenting oneself for more than one year.
A committee of two is appointed to visit Br. Nelson Parker and Br. John Parker to inquire for their reasons for neglecting divine worship
Voted that Deacon Charles Peck and Wife have a letter from this church to the church in Hunter
December 7th 1834
The sentence of Excommunication against Eliada Parker and Esther Holcomb was this day made pubic.
April 14th 1835
Resolved that Br. Osborn and E. Bailey be appointed a committee to visit Mrs. John Thompson if possible bring about a settlement in the matters between her and Br. Ticknor
June 18th 1835
The committee who visited Mrs. Parker gave their report
Whereas every suspicion exists in the public mind that Mrs. Parker has been accused to the crime of felony of which her husband has been guilty. There is strong circumstantial evidence against her It is resolved that Mrs. Parker be suspended from this church until her case can be fairly examined.
Br. John Parker being Guilty of diverse felonies by circumstance and his own confessions suspended from communion with this church until the case can be fully examined.
April 8th 1836
The committee appointed to visit Mrs. John Thompson reported
May 5th 1836
A committee was appointed to visit brother Isaac Johnson to learn his reasons for neglecting the worship of gods house. Resolved that Mrs. Edward Squire have a letter of dismission and recommendation to some Presbyterian Church where the providence of god shall cast her Lot.
May 25th 1836
The committee on the case of Mrs. Thompson reported and was accepted.
September 14th 1836
Committee on the case of Br. H. Hosford reported and was accepted resolved that there be a committee to visit Br Jared Johnson and Mrs. Ransom Johnson in relation to matters of difference between them
November 4th 1837
The committee on the Br. J Johnson and Mrs. R Johnson Case reported and was accepted.
Whereas Rueben Hosford esq. Henry Hosford, Lewis Beers and Mrs. Ranson Johnson
Profess to be dissatisfied with the changes in the form of Government of this church they disclaim all communion with this church
A letter of Dismission and recommendation was voted to Br. James Beers and wife with a view of their being connected with a Presbyterian church in New York.
April 12th 1837
Voted that Br. E. Bailey represent this session at the presbytery in Catskill
April 16th 1837
Voted a letter of dismission and recommendation to the church in Constantia, NY to Sister Elizabeth Johnson
April 24th 1837
Mr. Charles Peck and wife were received by letter from the Presbyterian Church in Hunter.
October 19th 1837
Mrs. Abi Peck presented herself for examination
November 5th 1837
Jonathon North esq. And Wife were received by letter from the Congregational church in South Goshen, Conn and Mrs. Abi Peck upon Profession of her faith
April 1st 1838
Voted a letter of dismiss ion and recommendation to brother Ira Rice and Wife and Sister Alvina Rice wife of Mr. L Rice to the Presbyterian Church of Utica. Michigan
April 13th 1838
Voted that Br. Ticknor represent us session at the meeting of the Presbytery
August 25th 1838
James Harrington, Augustus Carr and Mrs. Louisa wife of Nobel Chase offered themselves for examination
October 18th 1838
There has been brought to the attention of the session a matter of difference between Br. Charles Peck and Mr. Willys Miles
April 10th 1839
Br. Bailey is appointed to attend the Meeting of the Presbytery
Voted that Orrin Peck receive a letter of Dismiss ion and recommendation to that in East Windham.
April 9th 1841
We appoint Br Bailey to be our representative to the Meeting of the Old School Presbytery in Stockbridge, Mass to ask that we be received into fellowship with them.
September 1st 1841
Mr. Rosman and wife presented letters of recommendation from the Dutch Church in Conesville for union with this church.
January 10th 1848
Brother O. Coe being present from the East Windham Church was invited to sit with us. A letter was presented by Harlen Baldwin and Wife from the Presbyterian Church in Windham, Likewise from Walter Barber and Wife from the Presbyterian Church in Middletown
January 17th 1842
Harlen Baldwin, Sally Baldwin, Walter L Barber, Chary Barber, Chaney Peck, Minerva Peck, Emiline Peck, Volutia Peck Were examined and accepted.
March 25th 1842
Mrs. Fanny Carr related her religious experience with a view of connecting with this church. She was examined accepted.
Mrs. Carr and Miss Clarissa Beach are received in to the church.
May 12th 1842
Schuyler B Coe was examined for admission
July 6th 1842
Resolved to Send a Citation to Brother Beers about non-Attendance
Concluded not to receive Mr. Boscom into the church due to dissatisfaction with his moral conduct.
Resolved to Call a church meeting a week from Friday for the purpose of electing two new elders to replace two lost by death and otherwise.
July 13th 1842
Mr. Beers being present pleads not guilty to the charges. Resolved to hear his case. Mr. Henry Hosford sworn said he thought Mr. Beers was under the influence of Liquor at a drawing Bee and as a consequence the building fell down. Nathaniel Hull sworn saith he was present at such drawing bee he did not see him drink. Mr. Milo T Buel sworn saith he saw Mr. Beers once under the influence. Mr. Aaron Pond sworn saith he saw Mr. Beers at a gaming table. Mr. Hosford also stated that Mr. Beers was not in the habit of attending public worship at this place for the past year. Mr. Buel saith the same. Also Mr. Pond. William W. Porter saith he did not believe Mr. Beers was under the influence at the Drawing Bee. Mr. Bennett saith he did not think Mr. Beers had drank too much.
Resolved that Br. James Beers be Suspended from Communion with this church until he give satisfactory evidence of repentance.
July 15th 1842
Church convened at the request of the session for the purpose of electing more elders.
Rev Willison chosen moderator. E. Bailey Chosen Clerk.
Ezra Pratt, Jared Johnson and Ransom Distin are elected as Elders in this Church and have signed their acceptance.
November 11th 1842
Session met at the home of Ezra Pratt for the purpose of examining new candidates for admission.
Mr. Wyllys Bailey and Wife presented themselves Sustained
January 13th 1843
At the home of Ezra Pratt, with Elders Munson, Buel, Norman Ticknor, Jared Johnson, Ransom Distin Present. Absent Amos Peck, Ambrose Baldwin, Samuel Osborn
Elisha Baily clerk of the Session who was claimed by death must be replaced. Resolved that Ezra Pratt be the New clerk of the Session.
February 17th 1843
Resolved to make the suspension of Mr. Beers Public.
February 26th 1843
Voted a letter of Dismission and recommendation from this church to the First Presbyterian Church in Windham to Sister Elizabeth B. Parker
April 9th 1843
Voted a letter of Dismission and recommendation to the Church of Christ with Rev. L. H. Vandyck pastor at Windham Center to Br. Milo Buck and his Wife Elizabeth
Voted Mr. Ezra Pratt to be the representative to the meeting of the Presbytery at Big Hollow
October 1st 1843
Voted that Br. Jared Johnson be the representative to the meeting of the Presbytery to be held in Albany
November 12th 1843
Decided to hold a meeting of the church for the purpose of electing a pastor
November 20th 1843
Rev. J.J. Buck elected as Pastor.
April 12th 1844
Resolved Br. Amos Peck be delegate to attend presbytery at this place
June 29th 1844
A letter of recommendation as a member of the church (Presbyterian) of Malden, N.Y. to MS. Margaret Maria Buck was presented for her admission to this church. Resolved that she be admitted
September 1, 1844
Resolved to issue Br. Beers a letter of Standing and recommendation to the Presbyterian Church Livingston NY
September 27, 1844
Elders Present, M. Buel, R Distin, J Johnson, A. Baldwin, N Ticknor
October 13, 1844
A letter was presented from the 2nd Church Presbyterian of Windham for Oliver Coe and his wife to be admitted as members of this church. The letter is accepted.
March 14, 1845
Deborah Smith presented herself for admission to this church Sustained
Deborah Smith requested a letter of recommendation to the Tabernacle Church in NY granted.
May 30th 1845
Br Ticknor presented a request for a letter of recommendation to Windham Center Church
June 27, 1845
Sister Elizabeth Voss granted a letter of dismission to Windham Center Church Br Johnson was excused from voting and his Sis
September 7, 1845
Sister Abby H Chapin requested a Letter to Constable Ville Church (Watertown Presbyterian) granted
Brother Amos Peck designated as delegate to the presbytery
Sister Susan B?? L presented an application for a letter to Windham Center Church Granted
April 10th 1846
Br Buel to attend the meeting of the Presbytery
Br. Augustus Carr and Wife granted a letter of recommendation to Lowville Church
Sister Sarah Beach granted a letter to the Church at Science Ville
Ezra Pratt to attend the Meeting of the Presbytery
April 9th 1847
Peck chosen to attend the meeting of the Presbytery at Big Hollow J. Johnson Alternate
June 18th 1847
Ms. Sarah Beach wishes to remain with this church and withdraws her letter of dismission
The following were examined for admission with this church.
Charles P Chase. Eri Pond, Alvah Bailey, Minerva North wife of Harvey. Roxanna North wife of Lucious, Ruth Chase wife of Charles P.
June 25th 1847
David Pond, Elias Peck, Henry P Lacy, Abigail Chase, Pauline Pond, Adeline Peck, Lucy Ann Pond wife of Aaron, Amelia Pond wife of Lucious, Rhoda Pond wife of David, Susanna B Bailey wife of William, and Lucy Ann Osborn presented themselves for Admission and examination.
July 2nd, 1847
The following presented themselves for examination and admission
Henry Peck, Lucious North, William Bailey, Luther Bailey, Mary E Rice wife of Addison, Mary Bailey widow of Elisha, Eunice Dickerman wife of Joel Jr., Mary Peck wife of Munson, Julia Peck wife of Henry, and Volutia C. Bailey
July 9th 1847
Hervy North, Morris Bailey, Joel Dickerman, William Dudley, Althea Pond, Lucy Pond, Catherine Dickerman, Lucinia Peck, Jane Bailey, Presented themselves for examination.
July 13th 1847
Madeline Pond wife of Eri was examined for admission.
July 16th 1847
The following were examined for admission. Caroline Bailey wife of Morris, Nancy Hull, William Hull,
July 23rd, 1847
Lucy Johnson Widow of Harrison was examined for admission.
July 30th, 1847
Andrew B. Coe presented himself for admission.
Nancy Avery wife of Addison C. Presented a letter of dismission and recommendation from the 2nd Presbyterian church of Windham
Moderator presented the request of Harlem Baldwin and Sarah his wife to be dismissed and recommended to the Presbyterian church of Addison, ILL Granted.
July 7th, 1848
William Imman presented a letter from the Church in Hunter, NY (Presbyterian) stating that he is a member in good standing and wishes to unite with this church. Resolved that he be admitted.
Walter L. Barber and Wife requested a letter to the Presbyterian Church in Milford, NY it was granted.
October 7th, 1848
Mr. Henry Peck and Julia his Wife presented themselves and were admitted.
David Harrington was examined and admitted.
April 6th, 1849
Mrs Nancy Wolcott requested a letter of dismission and recommendation to the Presbyterian Church of Webster, Monroe County
Munson Buel will be the delegate to the meeting of the Presbytery
July 6th, 1849
James Harrington, Emaline his wife and David H his son are granted a letter of dismissing and recommended to the Presbyterian Church of Providence, PA
December 14th, 1849
Mrs Lucinda Armsbee requested a letter of recommendation to unite with the Presbyterian church of Ashland and was granted.
April 28, 1850
Hilan Baldwin a member of this church was granted a letter of dismission and recommendation to join the Presbyterian church of Line and Hebron, ILL
Henry Lacy and his wife Althea requested a letter to join the Presbyterian Church of East Durham
October 4th 1850
Present JJ Buck Moderator. Elders N. Ticknor, A. Baldwin, J Johnson, R Distin, Mr. Nathaniel Hull was presented for examination and was granted admission into fellowship with this church.
January 20th 1851
Mrs. Charlotte Mann would like to unite with her husband in worshipping with another denomination and requested a certificate of standing as a member of this church N. Ticknor And E. Pratt were appointed to convene with Mrs. M. on the Subject. After the interview the committee reported that her reasons were the same as stated in her letter she was dismissed from the church as requested.
January 9th 1852
Mrs. Lucy Steele requested a letter to unite with the Dutch reformed Church at Gilboa it was granted.
April 9th 1852
Cyrus W. Pratt requested a letter of Dismission to unite with the Presbyterian Church of Luvin Lewis County.
December 17th 1852
Mrs. Julia Ann Hosford presented a request to withdraw from this church for the purpose of uniting with the Methodist congregation. Her request was granted
January 7th 1853
It was resolved that Mr. William ? ugh, who has been previously examined is received into communion with this church.
June 10th 1853
Mrs. Laury Parker, a member of this church requested a letter to unite with the Presbyterian church of Durhamville, NY and Granted.
November 11th 1853
The moderator presented the request of Mrs. Nancy Longyear (formerly Miss Hull) for a letter to unite with the Dutch Reformed Church of Shocan. It was granted.
March 22nd 1854
Mr. Joel Dickerman, a member of this church appeared before this session and acknowledged, that he had been guilty of a breach of the 7th commandment and wished to make a confession of his crime. The session gave him the opportunity, and accordingly he afforded his confession. It was found he made satisfaction as far as possible to all he had particularly injured.
April 7th 1854
Mr. L. Osborn, a member of this church requested a letter to unite with the Presbyterian Church of Catskill and was granted.
October 6th 1854
Mrs. Volucia Rice presented herself for examination
Mrs. Mariah Johnson presented a letter of her standing being good in the Dutch Church at Rennselearville and wishes to become a member of this church. Accepted.
April 6th 1855
Mr. Samuel Avery late of Big Hollow, Windham Presented a letter from the Church in Windham, of the Standing of himself, wife and daughter Eliza in view of uniting with this church. Granted.
July 7th 1855
Mr. Ashael Dickerman, a member of this church requested a letter for Mrs. D also for Mrs. Lucy Johnson to unite with the Presbyterian Church at Windham Center. It was granted.
The letter a Mr. Henry Peck wishing to withdraw from this church was discussed and a committee was appointed to speak with him
October 22nd 1855
Church met and Chose Aaron Pond and Harvey North Elders and Schulyler B Coe Deacon.
September 8th 1855
Mr. Edward Buck presented himself for examination to join with this church.
December 17th 1855
The committee that visited Henry Peck gave their report
1. He denies the doctrine of the trinity
2. He denies the doctrine of depravity
3. Of person or election of eternal life
4. The final perseverance of the saints he believes
1. That there is no true church in the world but the Mormon
2. That the Mormons are inverted with miraculous powers and can exercise them
3. That the Mormon baptism is?????
4. That no person who is not a member of the Mormon Church can be saved
5. That " Joe Smith" was a true prophet and that his doctrine was received through divine revelation as the bible itself.
6. He has been baptized and is a member of the (so called) Mormon Church
The session sends him the following citation.
To Brother Henry Peck
It is our painful duty to cite you and hereby you are cited to appear before us in meeting of the session, in the lecture room, of the church, on Monday the 14th day of January next at 10 O’clock P.M. to answer to the following charges.
1. The denial of the doctrine of the Trinity and the Deity of the Son of God.
2. The denial of the Doctrine of Depravity of personal election to eternal life and
3. Of the Perseverance of the saints also for having embraced the heretical and very dangerous sentiments.
1. The beliefs in the Mormon church
2. That you have been baptized a Mormon and are a member of the (so Called) Mormon Church
Not only do we cite you but also express the hope, dear brother, that you may be led to see your errors and be brought back to embrace the truth as it is in Jesus.
January 14th 1855
The weather is unfavorable to session has been postponed.
January 28th 1856
Brother Henry Peck agreeable to the citation appeared before the session and informed session that he was ready to proceed with the trial. The charges were read to him
In relation to the first charge. He responded that he had had some changes in the matter but was unsure what he believed. The session was unable to determine his sentiment on the issue.
The second charge he answered that he did not believe in the doctrine yet suspected there was some morale goodness in it.
In relation to the third charge he did not believe in the beliefs of our church.
The fourth charge He believed there was no promise of the final salvation.
In regard to the Mormon errors of which he was charged, he said that it was his opinion that there was no true church but the Mormon. He believed the Mormons had miraculous powers and could exercise them, he believed that without Mormon Baptism there is no salvation. He believed that one who is not a member of the Mormon Church cannot be saved. He believed Joseph Smith to be a true Prophet. He admitted he had been baptized and was a Mormon member.
It was determined that he be suspended from the sacraments of the Church.
March 13th 1856
Requests were received from Mrs. Sarah Osborn and Mrs. Pawlina West to be dismissed from this church for the purpose of uniting, the former with the Presb. Church of Milan, O and the later with the Church of Augustus, NY. Their requests were granted.
March 28th 1856
The request of Anna Johnson was presented, asking for admission to this church, after an examination to her knowledge and piety. She was admitted.
July 11th 1856
Moderator presented two letters, one from Mrs. Mary Beach (formerly Humphrey) from Cong Ch. Bucksville, O, the other by Miss Elizabeth J Hansell, from Cong. Ch. Brooklyn, NY, certifying their membership and good standing. They wish to join with our church and they are admitted.
October 10th 1856
On her own request Miss Anna Johnson was dismissed from this church and recommended to the 2nd congregational church of Chicago.
E. Pratt was appointed delegate to the meeting of the Presbytery.
The moderator presented the request of Miss Lucinda B. Peck and Miss Elizabeth D. Beach for admission to membership with this church. They were examined and admitted.
January 12th 1857
Brother Luther Bailey, having previously conversed with the pastor on the subject, voluntarily appeared before session, and confessed to using an immoderate amount of intoxicating liquor. His confession was satisfactory and is resolved that it be read publicly
Mr. Pratt tenured the resignation of his office as clerk of session. The resignation was accepted and a vote of thanks for his long and faithful service was rendered.
July 10th 1857
Present Rev JJ Buck, N. Ticknor, A. Baldwin, A. Pond, R. W. Distin, H. North elders.
The following resolution was unanimously adopted.
Whereas the Albany Presbytery, at its recent meeting at Little Falls, transferred the following persons: John DeWitt, Jesse Barker, Daniel Avery, James Brown, Affes Brown, Susan Avery, Elizabeth De Witt, and Ann DeWitt from the second Church of Windham to the Church of Jewett. Therefore resolved that we receive or recognize the above named persons as members of this Church.
October 5th 1857
Session decided to approve the Employment of Mrs. J Porter as teacher of Singing in this society.
January 8th 1858
The moderator presented the request of Mrs. Jane Bailey, wife of John Bailey for admission into the church on the ground of a letter of dismission and recommendation from the second church of Windham. She was accepted.
March 9th 1858
A request was presented from Mr. Henry Hosford for Admission into the Church. He was admitted.
May 7th 1858
Moderator presented a request for Mrs. Marietta Atwater, wife of Honcester Atwater for admission into this church Accompanied by a letter of dismission and recommendation from the Presbyterian Church of Windham Center. She was admitted.
A request was received from Mr. Noble Chase on behalf of Himself and (as is understood) of his Methodist brethren to come and take part with us in our prayer meeting.
Session unanimously adopted the following resolution.
1. It will be expected our Prayer meeting will be conducted as they now are, our pastor presiding.
2. It will be expected that our Methodist brethren, equally as ourselves will observe the rules of the meeting
3. It is understood that we continue to hold to the word of life as we have done speaking in accordance of the doctrine of total moral depravity, divine sovereignty, unconditional submission, perseverance of the saints and other Christian doctrines
July 9th 1858
John Parker and Sherlock Pond presented themselves for examination and admission
September 10th 1858
Catherine Baldwin, Eleanor Bailey and Micah Dickerman were examined and admitted.
October 8th 1858
Moderator presented the request of Gilbert Beach and Catherine Beach his wife, of Roxie S. Avery and George Avery for admission in to the church
November 11th 1858
Mrs. Ambrose Baldwin was received into the fellowship and communion of this church by letter from the Presbyterian Church in Hillsdale. And Miss Lavina Pond by letter from the Congregational Church of Rockford, ILL.
May 11th 1860
Justin Morse, His Wife Lina Ann Morse were accepted into the fellowship and communion of this church by letter from the second Presbyterian church of Durham. Oliver Coe and Nancy Coe his wife were dismissed from this church and recommended to the Presbyterian church of Susquehanna, PA
Mrs. Nancy Avery and Roxie S. Avery were dismissed and recommended to the Presbyterian Church at Durham.
November 9th 1860
Mrs. Catherine Jones, wife of Benj. Jones was received into fellowship of this church on a letter of Dismission and recommendation from the Presbyterian Church of Hunter.
December 17th 1860
A request was presented from Mr. Eri Pond in behalf of himself and his wife Mrs. Adeline Pond for their dismission from this church and recommendation to the Dutch Reformed Church of Bergen, N.J. request was granted.
May 10th 1861
Lyman B. Peck was received into fellowship of this church by certificate of dismission and recommendation from the Church in Scranton, PA
September 6th 1861
The moderator presented the requests of Mrs. Emily Goslee and Mr. Dwight Pond for admission into the church they were accepted on examination
Mr. George Avery wishes to withdraw from the Church.
May 9th 1862
The moderator presented the session the letter of dismiss ion and recommendation of Mrs. Elizabeth Avery, Wife of George Avery from the first Presbyterian Church of Philips with her request for admission into this Church.
May 31st 1862
Mrs. Ann Eliza Bailey and Miss Emily H Pond and Saphronia Avery and Mr. Newel Morse were examined for admission to the church
The moderator presented the request of Mrs. Caroline Chamberlain for admission into this church together with a letter from the Minister of the Methodist Church
All were admitted.
June 28th 1862
Mr. and Mrs. Harvey North were dismissed and recommended to the Congregational Church of West Stockbridge, Mass
The following persons were examined for admission
Males: L.S. Bailey, S. W. Atwater Jr, P Dickerman, and W.B. Chase
Misses M. Aurelia Atwater, Elizabeth Morse, Lydia A. Peck, F. Emily Peck, Amelia E. Pond, Cynthia Bailey, Catherine Peck, Everett J. Dickerman, Louisa M. Morse, Martha P. Pond
July 12th 1862
Nelson Avery and Henry Avery were examined for admission and received.
September 3rd 1862
Mrs. Loretta Hull wife of Isaac Hull presented herself for admission and was admitted.
January 10th 1863
Mr. Andrew B. Coe was dismissed and recommended to the Dutch reformed church of Bound brook, N.Y.
March 17th 1863
Mrs. Nancy Coe and Miss Marianne Coe were received on certificate of dismission and recommendation from the Presbyterian Church of Susquehanna depot, P.A.
Mrs. Abi Peck wife of Solomon Peck was dismissed from this church and recommended to the Presbyterian Church of Hunter.
September 12th 1863
Elder A. Pond was appointed delegate to the meeting of the Presbytery
A request was received from George Avery for a letter of dismissing and recommendation to the Presbyterian Church of N. Geneva
September 25th 1863
The session considered his request and declined at this time to grant it. Elder R. W. Distin was unanimously elected to the office of clerk of the Session.
December 15th 1863
The session is to contact Mr. George Avery to discuss with him certain issues negligible to Christian and moral conduct.
January 6th 1865
Elder Ticknor presented the request of Mr. Ezra Pratt for a letter of dismission and recommendation to the Congregational Church at New Milford Pa. The request was granted.
The request of Miss Helen G. Bailey for admission into fellowship with the church was received. She was examined and admitted.
December 26th 1865
Resolved to call a church meeting to elect two men of the church to become Members of the Session.
Common Fame having charged brother Luther Bailey with Drunkenness and profanity since May Last, resolved a committee to confer with him an the subject. N. Ticknor and A. Pond is that committee.
January 9th 1865
The committee appointed to visit Brother Luther Bailey gave an account of him making no admission to having been intoxicated. The report was accepted February 20th 1865
Present Rev J.J. Buck, Moderator. Elders A. Pond. A Ticknor, R. Distin, A. Baldwin Absent
February 27th 1865
Justin Morse and David Pond elected to the session R. W. Distin reported that he had conversed with brother Luther Bailey about the subject of his being intoxicated during last Hay season he admitted that he had been somewhat intoxicated.
Resolved to cite Br. Bailey to appear before the session at the next meeting to answer to the charges.
1. Intoxication at Windham Center on July 4th 1863
2. Intoxication at Windham Center on July 4th 1864
3. Intoxication during the season of Haying in July and August Last
The session also requested that George Hastings, Alfea Peck and A. B. Avery attend the next meeting as witnesses.
March 27th 1865
Present JJ Buck Moderator. N Ticknor, A. Pond, J Morse, D. Pond, R.W. Distin, absent A. Baldwin
Elder Distin presented a request for Mrs. Mary Distin for admission to the church together with a letter from the minister of the Methodist Church certifying her standing.
Rev JJ Buck and Elder Ticknor were appointed to visit Mrs. Distin to examine her.
April 7th 1865
Elder David Pond presented the request from Micah Dickerman for a letter of recommendation to the Congregational Church of Rockford, ILL
A letter of dissmission from the first Presbyterian Church in Sacramento, PA and a recommendation to this church were presented on behalf of Mr. James Harrington Ruling elder in said church. Mrs. E. F. Harrington his wife and Miss Martha Harrington, Miss Abigail P Harrington, Emerson G Harrington, Arthur N Harrington, His Children They were received.
April 14th 1865
Brother Luther Bailey has not yet appeared before the session and it is resolved that he be excluded from communion with this church until he repent.
Elder David Pond was appointed to manage his defense and to take testimony in his case.
July 1st 1865
A request was presented of W. B. Chase for a letter from this church by which he might gain admittance into a congregational church or one of our own order. Session declined giving a letter in that way on the grounds it is not being in conformity with our rules.
Committee previously appointed to Visit L.Bailey reported Br. Bailey declined hearing them and if he should be called to appear before session he would not attend.
August 19th 1865
Resolved to give Brother W.B. Chase a letter if called for
Resolved to recommend to the church to take up a collection for the Freedman’s association.
A List of all the Members that have ever belonged to the Congregational or Presbyterian Church in Lexington
Icadaima Thompson (Died)
Betsy Thompson (Died)
Sarah Thompson (Died)
Isreal Thompson (Died)
On Profession 1878
By Letter 1879