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Durham First Presbyterian 

Religious Societies - Book A

Original Index is located in the vault at the Greene County Courthouse. This document found on page 19. Transcribed by Arlene Goodwin.

This may certify that we the subscribers have been elected Deacons of the Church  and Congregation of Durham and as such have officiated for the year last past,  that we had attend at the place of public worship the three last Sabbaths immediately proceeding this Election and on each of the said Sundays the Reverend Jesse  Townsend  Minister of the said Church & congregation gave public Notice that  a meeting of the Members of the said Society would be held a the meeting house in said Durham on this day to chose Trustees for the purpose  of incorporating the said Society – that we the said Deacons attended the said meeting and  by a plurality of voices were chosen to superintend the said meeting and to receive the votes of the members present – And we do further Certify that David Baldwin, Bill Torry?, Moses Austin, Francis Wilcox, Lemuel Hotchkiss & Daniel Brown Jun was by a plurality of voices  Elected trustees for the said Society, by the name of the Trustees of the first Presbyterian Society in Durham  in the county of Greene – and the said meeting did further resolve that the said Trustees should immediately proceed to have the said Society incorporated agreeable to the law passed on 27th day of March 1801  entitled  “an Act to provide for the incorporation of Religious Societies."   Given under our hand and seal at Durham this 9th day of March 1807. 

Signed Sealed & delivered                                                           Benjamin  Chapman   {Seal}
In presence of:                                                                                Jonathan Baldwin        {Seal}
Jehiel Cooley
Curtis Baldwin

State of New York ,Greene County  {}   Be it remembered that on the ninth day of March in the year of our Lord one thousand Eight hundred and seven   Before me Thomas E. Barker one of the Judges of the Court of Common pleas  for  the County of Greene appeared Jehiel Cooley and Curtis Baldwin both to me known who being duly sworn deposed and said that they were both present  & saw Benjamin  Chapman  & Jonathan Baldwin sign the written instrument and heard them say that they executed the same for the uses and purpose therein mentioned and that these deponents signed the same as Witnesses thereto and finding no material alterations except the word fine entered in the Margin and the word Society in the  same line written on Erazure & the word in the same line Between the word Society and in obliterated , do allow the same to be Recorded.  Thos. E. Barker

Recorded March 11th  1807                             J. Bill Clk

(Note: Written on the left margin:   See Order – Resolution dissolving First Presbyterian Church Durham  entered Nov 17, 1961  (Supreme Court)  )

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