Lexington Congregational Society 1799-1859

One of the earliest records for the area of Jewett, this society was previously known as the First Congregational Society of Windham and also as the Second Congregational Society of Windham. Recorded here are the minutes of their meetings for a 60 year span.


Transcribed from the Origanal Records and contributed by Rebecca McGowan


A book of record for the Society Town of Windham

July 7, 1799
At a Meeting of the Society Voted:
William Beach Moderator.
Munson Buel to serve as clerk for a period of one year.
To obtain a method of preaching. Abram Camp, Justus Coe and Munson Buel be a committee to confer with the people of Batavia and the Great Flats and to receive subscriptions to defray the cost of preaching.
The meeting be adjourned till Monday the 15th of July.

July 15, 1799

To hire a preacher for 400 per year.
That Abram Camp be the committee to hire a preacher and he be discharged from collecting subscriptions.
That Henry Goslee, Elisha Thompson and Jesse Hills be added to the committee to raise subscriptions.

May 25, 1800
That Jesse Hills and Munson Buel be a committee to secure a preacher and that they confer with Rev Form of Harpersfield to ask his help and to request him to come and preach one sabbath. The committee secured Mr. John Spencer to preach on a trial basis for four sabbaths after the length of time there was a meeting on August 13, 1800 at which they decided to pay him four dollars per sabbath if he would preach with them. For the term of eight sabbaths

March 26, 1801
That a committee be formed to hire a preacher for the following season to begin in May and continue for 13 sabbaths they wish to join with Batavia and the Great Flats in doing so. William Parker and Isaac Miles be the committee in addition to the former members.

April 1, 1802
It is the wish of the society to hire a preacher the coming summer. That Samuel Baldwin, Jarred Rice and Jesse Gifford be a committee to Supervise Ministral Matters during the term of one year and to raise subscriptions that the society will join with the Batavia society in securing a preacher. And to speak to the mountain society to ask if they also wish to join. That Sylvester Miles and Ashael Baldwin be Choiresters for the society.

Oct 21, 1802
William Beach esq. Chairman
Munson Buel Clerk
That the society wishes to build a meeting house suitable to accommodate the society if a proper place can be agreed on.

Oct 25, 1802
That a committee be appointed to nominate one or more places to set a meeting house.
That Daniel Miles, Wiliam Parker, Munson Buel and James Coe be the committee. They decided that the most suitable location would be the Height of land northerly of Warren Johnsons dwelling as near the line between his property and Jesse Giffords lands. The society wishes if possible to build a meeting house and within three years to have the lower floor built.
That the said house is to be the same width as the one at Batavia and four feet longer
That a committee be formed to see to the building of the house.Justus Squire, Rueben Hosford, Isaac Buel, William Parker, Epphraim Lord and Benjamin Chamberlin be such committee.
That the said committee also be responsible for securing a location for the house and a road to it that subscriptions be raised for the lumber and those that give subscriptions for lumber also deliver it by March 15, 1805.

Dec 6, 1802
The building committee reported that the land they wished was not available but some other possibilities; Warren Johnson would donate the land northerly of his residence, Ichabod Andrews would give land sufficient between his house and the burying ground, and Munson Parker would give land lying on the hill nearly opposite the dwelling house of Thomas Merwin, Chester Hulls land Southerly of Doct Camps, Theophlis Pecks land east of Chester Hulls Dwelling House on the height of land on David Johnsons land west of his dwelling house. There was a committee of seven appointed to agree on one of the choices. Justus Coe, Isaac Buel, David Johnson, Rueben Hosford, William Parker, Ebenezer Johnson, Benjamin Rice. The Majority concurred that the best spot would be on the property of Warren Johnson northerly of his dwelling.

Jan 10, 1803

That a committee of three be appointed to decide the exact location of the meeting house. It was Isaac Hardenberg, Peter Vanorden, and John Gaasbeek esq. That all religious denominations shall have a right in the house equal to the percentage they have paid. Justus Squire, Issac Buel Abram Camp, William Parker and Enos Baldwin be a committee to procure subscriptions for the purpose of building the meeting house.

March 14, 1803
William Beach esq Clerk
Isaac Miles, Chester Hull, Ichobod Andrews, William Beach and Isaac Buel be a committee to collect the subscriptions promised and to inspect the lumber and to build the said house that the committee appointed to choose the location meet the first Tuesday in June.

June 12, 1803
Ichobod Mathews Moderator
The meeting proceeded to choose a president and clerk.
William Beech chosen president
Justus Squire Clerk

June 30,1803
A meeting of the second society of the town of Windham
William Chamberlin, Benjamin Rice, Daniel Miles and Munson Buel esq be a committee to collect all money due the society
Also that they call upon Mr. Henry B. Stimson to settle over the society to join with the Church of Christ in said society in the work of the gospel for over half the time if they agree.
That the said society give Mr Henry Stimson 150 dollars annually.
That the money to be raised by taxes on the list of members prepared by the assessors of the town of Windham the previous year.

June 30 1803
At a meeting of the first and second societies.
That Mr Henry Stimson is to preach in each society one half of the time. Joint committee for the two societies: Jedidiah Hubbard, Elisha Strong, Timothy Hubbard, William Chamberlin, Daniel Miles, Munson Buel, Letter in response from Rev Henry Stimson
The Constitution of the Second Society.
Subscribers
William Beach, Justus Squire, William Chamberlin, Samuel Baldwin, Ashael Baldwin, Harry Baldwin, Nathaniel Miller, James Coe, Elijah Townsend, Enos L Baldwin, Ethan Bailey, Samuel Thesley, Jesse Lockwood, Luman Squire, Arba Rice, Seth Lockwood, Isreal Thompson, John Covert, William Smith, Adna Beach, Sylvester Miles, Isaac Miles, Rufus Beach, Daniel Miles, Harry Johnson, Ebeneazer Johnson, Samuel Peck, Johnathon Beach, John Doolittle, David Johnson, Ira Rice, Jared Rice, Benjah Rice, Luman Stanly, Theron Hough, Truman Hemman, Abram Camp, Joel Hosford, Gidean Hosford, Elisha Thompson, Benjamin Chamberlin, Lewis Chamberlin, Richard Peck, Ashael Hull, Cornelius Decker, Theopholis Peck, Munson Buel, Stephen Johnson, Harry Hosford, Isaac Buel, Clerk

Trustees Meeting June 30 1806
Justus Squire Pres
Isaac Buel Clerk
Samue Peck, Arba Rice, and Johnathon Beach Collectors
Luman Stanley Societies Collector.

Society Meeting July 1807
Abram Camp President
Isaac Buel Clerk
That the Society should pay a years salary, five dollars, to Ebenezer Johnson, Johnathon Beach Theopholis Peck and Elisha Thompson
Societies committee Ira Rice Societies Collector

Windham June 28, 1806
Received of Daniel Miles, William Chamberlin, and Munson Buel all money due from the mountain society Signed Henry B Stimson

Societies Meeting July 1808
Abram Camp President
Isaac Buel Clerk
Isaac Johnson Collector

Windham July 1, 1807
Received of Daniel Miles, William Chamberlin, and Munson Buel all monies due up to date from the subscriptions collected by Ira Rice

Societies meeting Sept, 22 1808
Isreal Thompson, Zaddock Pratt and Samuel Baldwin be the societies committee
Justus Squire collector

Societies meeting July 31, 1809

Abram Camp President
Isaac Buel Clerk
The society will meet the first Thursday in August to incorporate.
At a meeting of a number of the inhabitants of the mountaintop settlements in the town of Windham, William Beach, Justus Squire, Daniel Miles, Ebenezer Johnson, Samuel Peck, Theopholis Peck, Johnathon Beach, Munson Buel, Isaac Buel, Abram Camp, Zadock Pratt, Isreal Thomspon, Elisha Thompson, Samuel Baldwin, Ashael Baldwin, Harvey Baldwin, Luman Squire, Horace Beach, Harry Avery, Jared Rice, Benjah Rice, Ira Rice, Isaac Miles, David Johnson, Samuel Wolcott, Seth Lockwood, Ethan Bailey, Bennet Osborn, Isaac Johnson, Harry Johnson, Amos Peck, Rueben Hosford, and Adna Beach held at the Meeting house in the settlement on the third day of August in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and nine legally warned for the purpose of incorporation into a society agreeable to the act entitled an act to incorporate religious societies passed in the year of our lord one thousand and eight hundred and one.
Johnathon Beach and Elisha Thomspon President, Abram Camp, William Beach, Justus Squire, Isreal Thomspon, Ebeneazer Johnson and Theopholis Peck serve as trustees of the society.
The society shall be known by the name of " The Second Congregational Society in the Town Of Windham"

October 1810
At a meeting of the Second Congregational Society at the meeting house Elisha Thomspon and Munson Buel Trustees. They wish to keep the Rev Henry B Stimson a Preacher for another Year at a salary of 150 dollars.

At the annual meeting of the second congregational society at the meeting house on the first Monday of October 1811:
Isreal Thompson President, Elisha Thompson Secretary, Horace Beach and Ira Rice Trustees decided to keep Rev Stimpson for another year.

Meeting Oct 30 1811
William Beach President
Horace Beach Clerk

At the Annual Meeting of the Second Congregational Society September 20, 1812
William Beach President, Horace V. Beach Clerk.
The members elected Luman Squire and Ezra Pratt Trustees, Horace Beach, Munson Buel and Theopholis Peck were chosen to confer with the first society to ask to join together to hire a preacher for the ensuing year.

October 6, 1812
Chose Mr Johnathon Beach to go to Greenville, to ask Rev Daniel Beers to come and preach with them.

At a meeting of the Second Congregational Society held on the 14 day of December 1812
William Beach Moderator
That it is the wish of the society to purchase a parsonage, provided that one can be found that is suitable. Benjah Rice, Theopholis Peck and William Beach shall be a committee to make inquiries for a place.

Monday December 21, 1812 
At the school house near Ichobod Andrews esq
That the committee wish to do off the Meeting house and they wish to purchase that part of Doct Camps farm lying the east side of the narrow road leading to Batavia together with the building and fruit trees standing theron provided there can be $725.00 raised by subscriptions
That William Distin, Joel Dickerman, and Joel Peck be a committee to circulate a subscription. Agreed that a subscription should be offered for the purchase and that Justus Squire, Munson Buel and Amos Peck be a committee to make further search for a suitable place for a Parsonage.

January 11, 1813
The wish of the society it to finish the meeting house, it is agreed that those of the Episcopal order may use the meeting house in proportion to what they have pay toward building or may pay toward finishing it provided they occupy said house in their turn Agree to pay William Beach $300.00 to finish the meeting house by November 11, 1814
Justus Squire, Benjah Rice , Daniel Merwin and Justus Coe be a committee to raise subscriptions for that purpose.

Monday Feb 22, 1813
Eight People were added to the committee for doing off the meeting House William Distin, Jared Rice, Munson Buel, Joel Dickerman, Amos Peck, Wyllys Miles and Horace Beach

At a meeting of the Second Congregational Society held at the meeting house May 6, 1813
Abram Camp Moderator
That name of the society be now known as the Lexington Congregational Society
William Beach, Justus Squire and Theopholis Peck go look at the home of Benjah Rice to determine if it would be suitable for a parsonage.

May 13, 1813
That the Members present wish to purchase the place of Mr Rice
That there be a committee to raise subscriptions for that purpose. Theopholis Peck, David Johnson and Justus squire be that committee.

June 3, 1813
That it is the wish of said society to retain Mr. Beers as preacher and that Theopholis Peck, Ebenezer Johnson and Samuel Peck be a committee to make provisions for Mr Beers and his family til a parsonage can be obtained which we have agreed to purchase and are in the process of paying for.

September 27,1813
Deacon William Beach
Pres Horace V. Beach
Clerk William Distin and John Beach Trustees
The society authorizes the trustees to Co-Operate with the church committee in giving Mr. Beers a call for settlement over this church and people in the work of the gospel and give him for his services $300 to be paid out of subscriptions raised for that purpose and also the use of a parsonage lot until he shall be regularly absimed By an ecclesiastical Council

Monday May 17, 1813
A committee chosen to make provisions for the council for the ordination of Mr Beers. Isaac Miles Theo Peck and Jared Rice be said committee and Mr Harry Hosford chosen Bookeeper

Monday May 28, 1813
At the meeting House of Deacon Theo Peck to serve as Moderator
The society wishes to exchange the parsonage lot for a part of the farm of Deacon William Beach on which he now lives. That we think it best for the society and Mr Beers each to hold an Equal right in the land which they are about to purchase together in proportion to the amount they each pay.

March 30, 1814 at the Home of John Beach
A meeting of the Lexington Congregational Society Captain Isaac Buel President
It is the wish of the members present to improve the lot purchased from Mr. B. Rice for a Parsonage any votes to the contrary notwithstanding
That we Feel willing to give Mr Roger Holcomb some compensation to leave the place he is now on provided Mr Beers is willing to go there and that we authorize the trustees to go and make an agreement with Mr Holcomb on as good of terms as may be had and to circulate a subscription to raise such a sum as necessary.

Monday Sept 20, 1814 at a meeting of the Lexington Congregational Society at the dwelling house of Mr John Beach
Deacon William Beach President and that Mr John Beach Be clerk for the ensuing year Benjah Rice and Charles Peck be Trustees.
Isaac Miles, Ebenezer Johnson and Justus Coe be a committee to examine the work inside the meeting house.

At a meeting of the members of the Lexington Congregational Society at the meeting house Monday November 20, 1814
Deacon Theopholis Peck, President
Charles Peck, Clerk until the next annual Meeting

At a Meeting of the Proprietors of the meeting house in the town of Lexington standing near the dwelling house of Hary Hosford held at the meeting house Monday November 28, 1814
Rueben Hosford, President
Horace V Beach, Secretary
That the contractors be called to say whether the meeting house be finished agreeable to the stipulation in the contractors. The meeting house was accepted as agreeable and that a committee consisting of Justus Coe, Chester Hull and Ebenezer Johnson be appointed to Investigate the Ap(pointment) of members Distin and Finch.
A committee consisting of Theo Peck, Isreal Thompson, Benjah Rice, Justus Squire, Munson Buel, Justus Coe and Abel Holcomb. Be appointed to Seat the meeting house.

December 2, 1814 Proprietors meeting
That the meeting house should be swept every four weeks and we employ Mr Isaac Johnson to do so for one Year.
Deacon Peck appointed Treasurer.
That the meeting house shall not be occupied for the purpose of town elections, training or meetings.
That Horace V. Beach is to collect donations to defray the expense of singing room this winter.

Jan 2, 1815 A Meeting of the Members of the Lexington Congregational Society
Held at the dwelling of Mr. John Beach. A committee consisting of Munson Buel, Samuel Osborn, Harry Hosford, Ira Rice and David Johnson be appointed to draught and circulate an instrument authorizing the trustees to sell their parsonage and appropriate the available to the use of Mr Beers and take a landed security for the same.

April 12, 1815

Deacon William Beach, President
An instrument drafted to see if the proprietors of the parsonage will sell to Mr Beers provided he will give a mortgage in the form of security and likewise bind himself and his heirs to give the society the refusal of the lot when he shall Cease to be their minister and if the society do not wish to purchase he shall refund the money paid in the purchase. Wyllsy Miles and Charles Peck committee to draft the instrument.
Theo Peck, Justus Squire and John North Committee to initist the contractors.

Annual meeting of the Lexington congregational society at the meeting house Sept 25, 1815
Ruben Hosford, President
Charles Peck, Societies Clerk
David Johnson and Isreal Thomspon serve as Trustees.
The Trustees be directed to secure the deed to the burying ground and lodge it with the clerk of the society and likewise take charge of the ground and admit of no cattle running there except sheep
Lincoln Fowler appointed Saxton.

Annual Meeting of the Lexington Congregation society Held at the meeting house Sept 30, 1816
William Beach, President
Charles Peck, Societies Clerk, Harry Hosford and Henry Johnson Trustees

At a Meeting of the Proprietors of the Meeting house in Lexington Dec 18 , 1816
For the purpose of searing the house for the ensuing year. Mr Benjah Rice to Preside.

At a Meeting of the Lexington Congregational Society and Proprietors of the Parsonage Lot Convened at the meeting house Monday Dec 23, 1816

Sept 27, 1817
Munson Buel esq, Presbyterian
Horace V. Beach, Clerk
Amos Peck and H Johnson, Trustees

At a Special Meeting of the Lexington Congregational Society at the Meeting house held on August 28, 1818
For the purpose of consulting the members on for their supporting securing a preacher in the society.
William Beach, Presbyterian
That Mr Daniel Beers be Continued for another year

Sept 20, 1818
At the annual meeting of the Lexington Congregational Society at the meeting house Deacon William Beach, President, John Wolcott and Nathaniel Beach elected trustees
That Horace Beach be exonerated from serving as trustee
Mr Charles Peck serve as trustee
Horace Beach serve as clerk
That we wish our trustees to contract with Mr Daniel Beers for another Year

November 13, 1818
Deacon William Beach, President
The trustees report that Mr Daniel Beers wants another Hundred dollars for preaching and we do not accept William Beach, Justus Squire and Amos Peck be appointed to Hire a Gospel Minister for one year succeeding the dissention of Mr. Beers and to notify Mr Beers that they do not accept his terms.

November 26, 1818
Samuel Osborn, Presiding
Munson Buel and Charles Peck and Benjamin Johnson be a committee to ascertain how the proprietors right in the meeting house may be obtained by the society

April 18,1819
That the trustees go into the State of Connetticut to Hire a Gospel Preacher and that the expenses be paid out of funds now on hand

At the annual meeting of the Lexington Congregational Society Sept 27, 1819
Deacon Munson Buel, Moderator
Joel Dickerman, and Norman Ticknor Serve as trustees for three Years
Isaac Buel to serve as Clerk
The seats will be sold Oct 8, 1819

Feb 14, 1820 At a special Meeting of the society
The trustees will engage the Rev. Bassett to Preach till Oct next
That Charles Peck be a trustee in place of John Wolcott who is Deceased

April 17 , 1820
Munson Buel, Moderator
Charles Peck, Clerk
That the society give the Rev Archibald Basset a call to settle in the work of the ministry for the sum of Four hundred dollars annually if it can be raised

Oct 2, 1820
Charles Peck, Clerk
Samuel Osborn and Zadock Pratt be Trustees for three years

Sept 21, 1821
Deacon Munson Buel, Moderator
Luman Squire and Horace Beach be trustees for Three Years

Nov 6, 1821
That the trustees be instructed to lookup the deed to the meeting house and if not found to draw up another one and also for the piece of land purchased from Chester Hull
That it is the wish of the society to have preaching. The trustees are to call upon Rev Harrower to settle with him

Feb 25,1822
Episcopal Meeting of the Lexington Congregational Society at the house of Henry Hosford
Munson Buel , Moderator
Luman Squire, Clerk
That trustees shall call Mr David Harrower and offer him whether he would settle with us for 300 Dollars a year and his wood that we give permission to any person or persons to have the parade ground

March 18, 1822
Deacon Munson Buel, Moderator
We authorize the trustees to cooperate with the church committee in giving the Rev David Harrowers a call for settlement over this church and people in the work of the gospel ministry and give him for his labors 350.00 per year

Sept 3, 1822

Annual Meeting of the Lexington Congregational Society
Rev Mr. David Harrower, Presiding
Captain Isaac Dickerman and Mr N Ticknor take the old subscriptions and be over
That Members Henry Goslee and Elisha Bailey Be The Trustees
Horace V. Beach, Clerk

June 16, 1823

Mr Samuel Osborn, Presiding
That we authorize the trustees to consult those who hold individual rights in the meeting house and to make inquiry to those who are familiar with painting and ascertain that the house can be painted

June 23, 1823
We accept Mr Pratts offer to paint the meeting house and that the trustees are authorized to make the necessary repairs about the meeting house and paint the same with three good coats of paint

Sept 27, 1823
Annual Meeting Rev Harrower, Presiding
Ashael Dickerman and David Johnson Trustees
Horace V. Beach serve as Clerk

Sept 27, 1824

Annual Meeting
Rev David Harrower Presiding
Alvah Bailey and Oliver Coe be trustees

Sept 20, 1825

Annual Meeting
Rev David Harrower Presiding
Henry Goslee and Elisha Bailey Trustees

Sept 26, 1825
Trustees Meeting
Ashael Dickerman, Moderator
Alvah Bailey be collector
Elisha Bailey, Clerk
Henry Goslee, Treasurer

August 21, 1826

Special meeting of the Lexington Congregational Society
Munson Buel, Presiding
A committee is to call upon Rev Harrower if he wishes to continue with the society if not he must request so in writing. It was so Requested

September 25, 1826
Annual Meeting
Theopholis Peck, Moderator
Ambrose Baldwin and Isaac Thompson be trustees for three years
That a subscription be circulated to hire a preacher the following year

Oct 25, 1826
Trustees Meeting
Elisha Bailey, Clerk
Henry Goslee, Treasurer
Oliver Coe, Collector

Oct 24, 1827 at the home of Elisha Bailey
Alvah Bailey, Moderator
Ambrose Baldwin be collector

Sept 24, 1827
Annual Meeting of the Society
Deac Munson Buel, Moderator
Liba Johnson, George Fero, Levi Peck, Thomas Beers, Justus Coe , Ruben Wolcott and John Peck wish to become members of the society
Henry Hosford and Isaac Buel be Trustees for three years
Dec Buel and Henry Johnson are to check on the Boys in the Galley and if they see any misconduct to report them to their parents
That the trustees replace the glass in the meeting house and to find out who broke them and make them pay the expenses

Oct 3, 1827
Trustees Meeting
Isaac P Thomspon, Presiding
Elisha Bailey, Clerk
Isaac P Thompson, Collector
Elisha Bailey, Trustee Clerk
Henry Goslee, Treasurer

May 1, 1828

At a special meeting of the Lexington Congregational Society
Deacon Munson Buel, Presiding
That the Rev Johnson be settled over this church society in the work of the Gospel Ministry provided a salary can be raised sufficient of his support
That subscription papers be circulated for that purpose

Sept 29, 1828
Annual Meting of the Society
Rev William Johnson, Presiding
Ezra Pratt and Amos Rice be Trustees for three years

Oct 3, 1828
Trustees Meeting held at the home of Ezra Pratt
Henry Goslee, Moderator
Ezra Pratt Treasurer
Henry Hosford, Collector
Amos Rice, Secretary

Sept 28, 1829
Annual Society Meeting
Rev William Johnson, Moderator Wyllys Miles and William Osborn be Trustees for three years

Oct 5, 1829
Trustees Meeting at the home of Henry Hosford
Major Isaac Buel called to the Chair and Amos Rice appointed secretary
Ezra Pratt Treasurer
William Osborn Collector
Amos Rice Clerk

Sept 27, 1830
Annual Meeting
Rev William Johnson Moderator
E Bailey Clerk
David Chase and Levi Peck Trustees

Oct 8, 1830
Trustees Meeting held at the home of Amos Rice
David Chase Chairman
Wyllys Miles Treasurer
David Chase Collector
Amos Rice Clerk

Sept 26, 1831
Annual Meeting
Deac Munson Buel and Deac Theopholis Peck l Presiding
Henry Goslee and Milo P Buel be trustees for three years

Sept 27, 1831

Trustees Meeting at the home of Isaac Buel
Wylyss Miles Chairman
Henry Goslee Clerk
Milo P Buel Collector and Wylyss Miles be Treasurer

April 9, 1832

Trustees Meeting at the home of Wyllys Miles, William Osborn presiding
We will secure Means to Provide preaching

Sept 24, 1832
Annual Meeting
Munson Buel Moderator
Norman Ticknor and Ransom Johnson be Trustees
Theopholis Peck , Joel Dickerman, Jared Johnson and William Osborn will take turns to sit in the Gallery and observe the conduct of young people and report misconduct to their parents

Oct 1, 1832
At a meeting of the trustees at the home of Wyllys Miles
Present Levi Peck, Milo P Buel, Henry Goslee, Ransom Johnson, Norman Ticknor
Ransom Johnson Chairman
Milo Buel Trustee Clerk
Norman Ticknor Colector
Henry Goslee Tresurer

Oct 24, 1832
Trustees Meeting at the home of Ransom Johnson. Decided that the clerk would write to the clerk of the NY Congregational Association for the purpose of obtaining a minister with a view of Settlements Nov 19, 1832 Trustees Meeting.
Present Henry Goslee, David Chase, Norman Ticknor, Ransom H Johnson and Milo P Buel Resolved to hire the Rev C. Jones for the term of three months and pay him $100.00

June 11, 1833
Trustees Meeting at the home of Ransom Johnson. Present Norman Ticknor, Ransom Johnson and Milo Buel
Resolved to call a meeting of the society to acertain the minds of the society regarding Rev Jones
It was voted 40 for 10 against

June 3, 1833
Congregational society meeting Charles Peck Moderator. Due to negative finding about the Rev Jones Moral Character the vote was rescinded and the trustees were ordered to notify him that the society no longer wished him as a minister and the trustees were directed to secure a minister as soon as convenience would allow.

June 11, 1833

The trustees report that there is some Prospect of obtaining this house for the use of the society and if not they shall take means to build a meeting house for the society.
That the trustees are to circulate a subscription for the purpose of building a new house if legal right cannot be had to this one.
Whereas the meeting house is occupied by the Lexington Congregational Society for worship was erected before the regular organization of said society by a mixture of men of various religious denominations for their mutual accommodation, while the country was still comparatively new and no one denomination felt able to build a house for there use alone- and were as several of the original proprietors of the said meeting house refused to convey their right and interest in the same to the trustees of said society since it became a body corporate- but on the contrary some of the said proprietors who have reserved their right for their own private use and benefit, have from time to time threatened the said society with prosecution for trespassing on their rights- and whereas the conveyance of the site an which the said house now stands was meant to a committee of the proprietors and is now supposed to be lost and whereas the original owner is refusing to convey the same unless the original conveyance can be produced- now
therefore for these and other diverse reasons that this society proceed to build a house for the use of said society unless they can obtain the legal control and possession of this house previous to the first of July Next.
That the trustees give Mr Hull a Bond to Indemnify him from all court and changes in retention to a form title give as the proprietor of the ground where the meeting house now stands provided said Hull will give a quit-claim deed to said trustees of the same

July 1833
Trustees meeting that we agree to employ Rev Mr Chamberlin for a few Sabbaths with the view of settlements.

August 30, 1833
Present David Chase Norman Ticknor, Ransom Johnson, Levi Peck, and Milo P Buel

September 9, 1833
It is the mind of the society to hire Rev Augustus Chaplin if the salary can be raised

September 30, 1833
Deacon T Peck Moderator
John Rice and Orrin Peck Trustees
Ashael Dickerman, Charles Peck, Elisha Bailey, Ezra Pratt, and Isaac P Thompson Be appointed to sit in the gallery and watch the youth

October 8, 1833
Trustees meeting at the school house district no 2
Present Henry Goslee, Milo P. Buel, Norman Ticknor, Orrin Peck, and John Rice

Oct 7, 1834
Trustees meeting at the home of Ransom Johnson
Present Norman Ticknor, Charles Peck, Ransom Johnson, Amos Rice and John Rice
Norman Ticknor Chairman
Ransom Johnson Collector
Amos Rice Treasurer
Charles Peck Clerk

Oct 15, 1835
Annual Meeting of the society
Munson Buel Moderator
Elisha Bailey to fill the vacancy left by the removal of Charles Peck
Joel Dickerman and William Goslee be trustees for three years

Oct 12, 1835

Trustees Meeting
At the home of Rev. Johnson Present Joel Dickerman, Elisha Bailey, Amos Rice
Loel Dickerman Chairman
Ellisha Bailey Treasurer
Amos Rice and William Goslee Collectors

Sept 26, 1836
Annual Meeting of the Society Munson Buel Moderator
That Johnathon North and Henry Goslee Trustees for three years
Ashael Dickerman to be trustee to replace Amos Rice who was removed

October 10, 1836

Trustees Meeting at the home of Isaac Hinman
Present Elisha Bailey, Ashael Dickerman, Johnathon North, Henry Goslee, and Joel Dickerman
Joel Dickerman Chair
Ashael Dickerman Collector and Henry Goslee Treasurer
Elisha Bailey Clerk

Oct 9, 1837
Annual Meeting of the Lexington Congregational Society
Deacon Munson Buel Moderator
That Ashael Dickerman and Isaac Hinman Be trustees for three years
The trustees are to circulate a permanent subscription for the support of preaching

Oct 10, 1837
Trustees Meeting at the home of Isaac Hnman
Present Henry Goslee, Joel Dickerman, William Goslee Isaac Hinman and Johnathon North
Joel Dickerman Chair
Henry Goslee Tresurer
John North Clerk

Oct 8, 1838
Annual Meeting
Deac Charles Peck Moderator
That John Peck and Oliver Coe trustees for three years

Oct 15, 1838
Trustees meet in at the home of Isaac Hinman
Present Ashael Dickerman, Henry Goslee, John North, Joel Hinman, Oliver Coe, John Peck
Ashael Dickerman Chair
Henry Goslee Treasurer
Johnathon North Clerk

At the Annual Meeting of the Society on Oct 8, 1838
Ransom Distin and Aaron Pond became Members

Sept 16, 1839
Lexington Congregational Society Annual Meeting
Deac Charles Peck Chairman
Isaac Hinman Secratary Jonathon North and Henry Goslee are to be replaced by Ambrose Baldwin and Brainard Osborn That we unite with Rev A L. Chaplin in a request to the Columbia Presbytery to have his relationship with them dissolved
That Ambrose Baldwin be the commissioner to present this request to the presbytery

Oct 8, 1839
Trustees Meeting
Present Ambrose Baldwin, Ashael Dickerman,Oliver Coe, Brainard Osborn, John Peck, and L. B. Hinman

September 28, 1840
Annual Meeting Munson Buel Chair.
Ezra Pratt and David Chase appointed trustees for three years
That Harrison Johnson be a trustee to replace the removed Oliver Coe
That Elisha Bailey, Norman Ticknor and Ziba Johnson be appointed to take into consideration seating the Gallery
New Members Harrison Johnson and Nicholas Rof

Oct 5, 1840
Trustees Meeting at the home of Ezra Pratt
David Chase Chair
Present: Ezra Pratt, David Chase, Ambrose Baldwin, Brainard Osborn, John Peck and Harrison Johnson
Ezra Pratt Clerk
Ambrose Baldwin Treasurer
Harrison Johnson Collector and David Chase be appointed to wait on the Rev M. Wright to ascertain about obtaining a preacher

June 22, 1841
Trustees Meeting at the home of Ezra Pratt
Ambrose Baldwin Chair
David Chase reports that the minister is Previously Engaged
We approve of hiring Rev Seth Williston to preach with us for 8 sabbaths

Sept 27 1841
Annual Meeting of the Lexington Congregational Society
Munson Buel Moderator
That John Rice and Walter L Barlow elected as trustees for three Years

Sept 30, 1841

Trustees Meeting
David Chase Chair
Ezra Pratt Clerk
Ambrose Baldwin Treasurer
Walter L Barlow Collector and We wish Rev Willinston to serve for six months

Jan 12, 1842
Special Meeting The trustees are requested to employ Rev Seth Willinston for a year and to circulate a subscription for that purpose

Sept 26, 1842
Annual Meeting
Deac Munson Buel Chair
Andrew B. Cole and Jared Johnson be trustees for three years

Sept 30, 1842
Trustees Meeting at the home of Ezra Pratt
Present Walter L Barlow, Jared Johnson, Andrew B.Cole and Ezra Pratt
Jared Johnson Chair
Walter Barlow Clerk
Ezra Pratt Treasurer
Andrew B. Cole Collector

June 19, 1843
Special Meeting
That the services of Rev Willinson be discontinued after the 3rd Sabbath from today

Oct 5, 1843
Trustees meeting at the home of Walter Barlow; Jared Johnson Chair
Present Jared Johnson, Ambrose Baldwin, Ezra Pratt, David Chase and Walter Barlow
Henry Goslee Treasurer
William Osborn Collector and Walter Barlow Clerk
Resolved to call the Rev J.J. Buck to offer him four hundred dollars for preaching

Sept 20,1844
Johnathon North Chosen Moderator
That Aaron Pond and Allanson Bailey Trustees

Oct 4, 1844

Trustees Meeting
Present Jared Johnson, Henry Goslee, William Osborn,, Walter Barlow, Aaron Pond

Sept 5, 1845
Annual Meeting Rev J.J. Buck Moderator
That a committee of six was appointed to monitor the conduct in the house of God and to report any misconduct to a subsequent committee Ziba Johnson, Ambrose Baldwin, Lucious
North, James Harrington, Joel Dickerman and Isaac Hionman be the first committee
Norman Ticknor, William Distin, Oliver Coe, William Osborn and Loring Beach Be the second Committee

Sept 29, 1845
Annual Meeting
Amos Peck Moderator
That James Harrington and Levi Bailey chosen Trustees
Harvey North chosen to replace Henry Goslee due to his Death
That the committee of singing consisting of Levi Bailey, Andrew B. Coe and John Johnson be increased with David Johnson
The committee of observation in the Gallery consist of Andrerw B, Coe, John Peck, E. N. Avery, William Goslee and William S. Bailey
Walter Barber, Joel Dickerman, Jared Johnson, Isaac Hinman John North and David Chase be a committee to receive the report of the First Committee

Oct 2, 1845
Trustees Meeting at the home of Aaron Pond
Present: Jared Johnson, William Osborn, James Harrington, Hervey North, Aaron Pond, Levi Bailey, Morris Bailey

Sept 28,1846
Annual Meeting
Deacon Peck Moderator
That Isaac Hinmean and Lorring Beach appointed Trustees
Ezra Pratt, James Harrington, and Walter Barlow appointed to singing commitee
The trustees are to call a special meeting to discuss the possibility of building a new church in this place.

Oct 8, 1846
Trustees Meeting at the home of Ezra Pratt
Present Ezra Pratt, James Harrinton, aaron Pond, Isaac Hinman, Loring Beach, and Levi Bailey

Dec 7, 1846
Special Meeting of the Lexington Congregational Society for the purpose of discussing the practicality and expediancy of building a new church. We agree unanimously to the building of a new church that we should try to agree on a location designating the old site and one below the Parsonage. Twenty six voted in favor of the old site 14 in favor of the one below the parsonage.
Resolved that the new house be built on the ground owned by the society. 
Resolved that the trustees appoint a committee from their own numbers to examine the churches in other places and to report a plan for construction of the house.

Dec 7, 1846
Trustee meeting Loring Beach Chair, Isaac Hinman and James Harrington appointed as the committee to view other churches

Dec 21, 1846
Society meeting Deacon Buel in the chair
Committee submitted a plan at the probable expense of Two Thousand and five dollars including the existing house and site Moved and adapted
That their should be a committee of one person from each school district in the society appointed by the chair to ascertain where a site for a house could be obtained south of the existing old site and to notify every voter within their district
That a meeting of the society will take place in two weeks at the meeting house. To vote upon a site for the new church Committee
Dist # 2 Joel Peck
Dist # 3 Jonathon North
Dist # 5 William Goslee
Dist # 12 Levi Bailey
Dist # 15 Ambrose Baldwin

Jan 4, 1847
Meeting to decide the location of the meeting house Isaac Buel In the Chair
On a motion by William Osborn it was decided to rescind all decisions made at the previous meetings
Resolved on a Motion By Ezra Pratt that a Committee of two from each school district within the society be appointed by the chair and that it shall be their duty to examine the different locations with in the society for a church and if they are unable to agree by at least a two thirds vote then one branch of said committee shall choose one distinguished man from another town the other branch another etc.
Resolved that a subscription for building a new house or repairing the old and for a site shall circulate through the society
Dist # 2 John Rice and Joel Barber
Dist # 5 Harvey North and Levi Peck
Dist # 6 William Goslee and Aaron Pond
Dist # 12 Charles Peck and John Peck
Dist # 15 Ambrose Baldwin and Irenas Bailey

Sept 27, 1847
Deacon Bailey in the Chair
Brainard Osborn and William Goslee chosen trustees to supply the places of Aaron Pond and Morris Bailey
James Harrington Resigned from office and Lucious Pond Appointed Harvey S. Johnson Elected Sexton
Jared Johnson Ashael Dickerman Lucious Pond, William Osborn, Harvey North and John Peck be a committee to select a site for the new meeting house and in case said committee are not unanimous a two third majority shall decide

Oct 14, 1847

A trustees meeting at the home of Hinman
William Goslee Chair 
Brainard Osborn Collector and Levi Bailey Clerk
I.B. Hinman Treasurer
Harvey S Johnson hired to seep the meeting house Build Fires on the sabbath and on Funeral Occasions

Nov 26, 1847
The committee appointed to view sites for the new house reported that five out of six have chosen a site a few feet south of the old meeting house on the ground now owned by the society Signed Harvey North, John Peck, Ashael Dickerman, Lucious Pond, and William Osborn

Jan 6, 1848
Meeting of the society Deac N. Ticknor in The chair
On a Motion By I Hinman The trustees of The society are authorized to deed a site to the Methodist Society in this place for a church, The conditions shall be left discretionary to the trustees The subscription is now full and the plan for the new church presented by I Hinman
the plan was adopted with the addition of a side Galleries The Base width of the said Church Shall run from the west end of said church east 30 Feet to be walled up on each side and the west side and ends to be built of wood Motyion By Oliver Coe Resolved that the trustees of this society be authorized to use the old church as they in their judgement shall deem best for the interests of the society in the construction of the new church

Jan 6, 1848
Trustees Meeting William Goslee Chairman
Resolved to appoint a committee of two to take some preliminary steps toward the building of the church
J. B. Hinman and Oliver Coe be that Committee
Resolved that the floors of the new church shall be laid of good hemlock board one inch thick and lined with the same material half inch thick The new church shall be built by contract if it can be contracted for a sum not exceeding twenty five hundred dollars and the old church included Resolved unanimously that James Harrington and Seldon Finch be the Church inspectors

Dec 28, 1847
At a special meeting of the Lexington Congregational Society
Deacon Peck Presiding
Resolved Unanimously that Deacon Peck and Oliver Coe be appointed to recirculate the subscription for the church with the view of raising the one hundred and twenty dollar deficiency

Jan 6, 1848
Deacon Ticknor presiding
The trustees be authorized to deed a site to the methodist society in this place for a church the subscription is now full Mr Hinman presented the plans for the new church the plan was adapted with the addition of side galleries On motion by Oliver Coe it was resolved that the trustees be authorized to use the old church however they see fit

May 1, 1848
Trustees meeting Lauren Beach Presiding That we adopt as the seal of this society the stamp of A Aime
That we execute an agreement with the Methodist Church of this society to Purchase title to their site for a church as soon as the requested authority can be procured

Sept 25, 1848
Annual meeting of the Lexington Congregational Society Deacon
Charles Peck Presiding
Munson Peck and Charles P Chase joined the society Schuyler B. Coe and E.Avery Appointed trustees in place of Levi Bailey and David Pond whose terms are expiring
Ezra Pratt, Isaac Hinman E. A Avery Luther Bailey and S. Coe be the commitee on Singing

Sept 29, 1848
Trustees meeting at the home of E. Avery
William Goslee Treasurer
That E. Avery Collector

Sept 24, 1849
Annual Meeting John Peck and William Bailey serve as Trustees for three years
Aaron Pond appointed sexton
Trustees meeting at the home of I B Hinman Secratary
N Avery appointed Clerk
John Peck Treasurer
Levi Bailey Collector

Sept 30, 1850
Annual Meeting Deacon Norman Ticknor
Presiding Nathaniel Hull, Lucious North and Jarius Smith wish to unite with this society
Charles P Chase and Levi Peck appointed to seat Strangers.

Oct 4, 1850
Trustees meeting at the home of William S. Bailey John Peck
Presiding: Levi Peck Trustee Clerk
John Peck Treasurer
Charles P Chase Collector

Sept 29, 1851
Annual Meeting of the Lexington Congregational Society
Norman Ticknor presiding
Nathaniel Hull and Henry Goslee Appointed trustees for three Years
Resolved that the wood be furnished by the lowest bidder Lucious Pond Agrees to Furnish the wood for ten Dollars
Henry Johnson Appointed Sexton

Oct 2, 1851
Trustees meeting at the home of Nathaniel Hull
Nathaniel Hull Chairman
Levi Peck Clerk
Henry Goslee Collector

Sept 27, 1852
Annual Meeting Deacon Charles Peck Presiding
Ambrose Baldwin and Levi Bailey be trustees for three Years
Mr Charles P Chase will provide the wood for for $10.00
That society take measures to provide a bell for the church 
Harvey Johnson Appointed Sexton
That a commitee be appointed to take in charge the matter of singing, Levi Bailey, Andrew B. Coe and William Goslee be that committee

Oct 7, 1852
Trustees Meeting at the home of Ambrose Baldwin
Present Ambrose Baldwin, Charles P Chase, Henry Goslee and Levi Bailey
Ambrose Baldwin Chairman
Levi Bailey Clerk
Nathaniel Hull Treasurer
Ambrose Baldwin Collector

Sept 26,1853
Annual Meeting of the Lexington Congregational Society
Joel Dickerman Jr. and Munson B Goslee be trustees for three years
Harvey S. Johnson Appointed Sexton
Wood to be furnished by Charles P Chase for $8.37

Oct 6, 1853
Trustee meeting at the home of Ambrose Baldwin Present Nathaniel Hull, Ambrose Baldwin, Levi Bailey, Joel Dickerman jr and Munson B Goslee
Nathaniel Hull Chairman
Joel Dickerman jr. Collector Levi Bailey Clerk
Nathaniel Hull treasurer

Sept 25, 1854
Annual Meeting Deacon Peck Presiding
David Pond and Munson Buel appointed trustees for three years
Moved by Nathaniel Hall that the trustees make an effort to raise money sufficient enough to Paint the meeting house and parsonage this fall

Sept 29,1854
Trustees meeting at the home of Levi Bailey
Present Ambose Baldwin, Levi Bailey,David Pond, Joel Dickerman Jr.
A. Baldwin Chairman
Levi Bailey Clerk
A Baldwin Treasurer
David Pond Collector and Resolved that their be four subscriptions circulated to raise Money for painting

Oct 4, 1854
Trustees Meeting Present Amborse Baldwin, David Pond, Joel Dickerman jr., Munson Goslee and Levi Bailey
Resolved Unanimously that we take measures to procure paint and paint the meeting house and Parsonage
That we appoint David Pond and Levi Bailey to oversee the work

Sept 24,1855
Annual Meting of the Lexington Congregational Society
Deacon Charles Peck Presiding
Samuel B. Avery United with the society
John Peck and Schyuler B. Coe chosen trustees for three years
Levi Peck chosen to replace Munson Peck who refuses to serve
Resolved that we appoint Alvah Bailey and Oliver Coe to raise money by voluntary contribution to cover the deficiency in the budget
Henry Goslee appointed Sexton

Oct 2, 1855

Trustees meeting at the home of John Peck, Joel Dickerman Jr.
Presiding
Levi Bailey secretary
Levi Peck Clerk
John Peck Treasurer
Schuyler B. Coe Collector

Sept 29, 1856
Annual Meeting Deacon Ticknor Presiding
Lucious North and E. Avery appointed trustees for three Years.
Henry Goslee Sexton
Levi Bailey, S. B. Coe and A. B. Coe appointed committee on singing

Oct 7, 1856

Trustees meeting at the home of David Pond Levi Peck Presiding
E. N. Avery TreasurerThat Levi Peck Clerk

Sept 28,1857
Annual Meeting of the Lexington Congregational Society
Deac Norman Ticknor Presiding
Jesse Barber united with the society
Henry Goslee chosen Sexton

Oct 6, 1857
Trustees meeting at the home of Henry Goslee
Lucious North Chairman
Andrew B Coe Clerk
Henry Goslee Collector and Lucious North Treasurer

Sept 1, 1858
Trustees Meeting at the home of A. Peck
Present E. Avery, Lucious North, John Peck, S.B. COE, and Henry Goslee
E. Avery Chairman
Levi Bailey Clerk
Henry Goslee have care and supervision in rebuilding the fence around the burial ground.
It is expedential that we increase the burial ground by purchase from Levi Bailey twenty four feet in width on the south side of said burying ground and that the appraisal of the ground be left to John Rice and Henry Hosford.

Sept 27, 1858
Annual Meeting of the Lexington Congregational Society
Deacon Charles Peck presiding
Levi S. Bailey and David B. Avery chosen Trustees for three years
Henry Goslee Sexton
Aaron Pond to provide the wood for 12.75
Eri Pond and Charles P Chase appointed to raise money to increase the pastors salary

Oct 1, 1858
Trustees Meeting at the home of Levi S. Bailey
Present L. Bailey , E. Avery, Lucious North, Henry Goslee

April 30, 1859
Special Meeting of the Lexington Congregational Society Deacon Ticknor
Presiding to discuss means to raise the Rev J.J. Buck Salary.


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