First Congregational Church
LaFayette, Onondaga Co., NY
Organized October 14, 1805 As the Columbian Society.
In the souvenir of the One Hundredth Anniversary of the
First Presbyterian Church of LaFayette, New York, we read:
The first settlers of this locality which was known in the early days as
Pompey West Hill were
nearly all New Englanders many having come from Berkshire and Hampshire
Counties, Mass. The
first settler came to the town in 1792 and by 1805 emigrants were rapidly
pouring into this
At the first meeting of the Columbian Society which was held at Stoughton
Morse's Inn the
following officers were elected.
Two moderators, Joseph Smith and Jacob Johnson.
Six trustees, Luther Wright, Levi Wheaton, Noah Hoyt, Nathan Abbott, Major
Isaac Hall and
Capt. Erastus Baker.
Dr. Silas Park, Clerk.
A committee was appointed to have the Society legally incorporated and
to draw up a constitution
and by-laws. Major Isaac Hall, Ezekiel Hoyt, Joseph Smith, Dr. Silas Park,
Luther Wright and
This committee appeared before Judge Asa Danforth July 26 1806 and the
incorporation bears the signature of that early settler.
In 1808 the Society built a school house on the square acre given them
by Caleb Green and
Although the Church was not organized until 1809 the first important business
of the Society
was to find a minister of the Gospel, and the first secured was Elder Butler.
He was followed
by Mr. McCampbell and he by Mr. Rawson.
During the War of 1812 the members of this Society took an active part:
seven of its members were
officers. Most of them went to the defense of Oswego and Sackett's Harbor:
Gen. Isaac Hall,
Col. Jeremiah Gould, Capt. Erastus Baker, Capt. Harry Hall, Capt. Ezekiel
Ensign Joseph H. Cole and Johnson Hall.
There are no records of the first members of this Society, but there are
the names of fifty who
Joseph S. Cole
John P. King
The church consisted of fifteen members, five males and ten females as
Deacon Noah Hoyt
Deacon Nathan Abbott
Apoolos Hewitt, Esq.
Mary Hoyt, wife of Deacon Hoyt
This Church was organized in October 1809 by the Rev. Benjamin Bell. Prior
to this time
religious services were held in private houses conducted by Amaziah Branch,
from Norwich, Conn. After the services of Rev. Mr. Bell came that of the
following Pastors and
Rev. E. J. Leavenworth
Rev. Mr. Hopkings
Rev. Martin Powell
Mr. Childs from Auburn
Rev. Alexander Corning
Rev. Absalom K. Barr
Rev. Parshall Terry
Rev. Geo. E. Delevan
May 1844 to October 1849
Rev. Moody Harrington
Rev. Mr. Fraser
Rev. M. Wakeman
Rev. C. Johns,
1866 for three years
Pastors since 1870
Rev. C. A. Ruddock
Rev. G. A. Miller
Rev. Lewis Jessup
Pastor E. P. dada
D. E. Hathaway
Rev. George McArdle
Rev. Theo. S. Day
Dr. S. H. Meade
Pastor P. J. Jerolaman
Rev. F. Watkins
Rev. A. G. Lewis
Pastor J. B. Bell
Rev. Geo. Newman
Rev. F. L. Crissey
Rev. H. A. Hanaford in 1905
"In 1818 the Society commenced the building of the present Church (1905)
which was completed in
From the Minutes of the Session: Liber 1, pp. 34-146
Oct 19 1817 Bptzd son, Lansing Weed, of Philander Hoyt and wife.
Nov 1 1817 Rec'd into the Church: Polly Park, Lydia, w. of Seth Blanchard
Nov 2 1817 Elijah Park, Isaac Sherman
Dec 21 1817 Married Henry Hall & Diadama Cole
Dec 25 1817 Married Thos. Lewis & Eunice Drake
Jan 4 1818 Rec'd Isabelle Cole, wife of Calvin Cole; Rec'd Diadama the
wife of Henry Hall
Feb 1 1818 Deacons are: Philander & Noah Hoyt
Feb 3 1818 Church reported to the Onondaga Presbytery 59 communicants.
Feb 19 1818 Married Mr. Henry Warner & Miss Harriett or Marriett King
by the Rev. E. I. Leavenworth
May 10 1818 Henry, Mable & Sidney Smith Bptzd; John Seeley & wife
dis'd to Bpt. Church
May 31 1818 Baptzd William child of Jabez Rice & wife
Jun 7 1818 Seth Baker rec'd; Lucy Gannett rec'd from Ch. at Marcellus
Jul 5 1818 Persis wife of Deacon Philander Hoyt rec'd from Otisco; Widow
Susanna Card ? from Ch. at Pompey
Aug 2 1818 Isaac D. Sherman appointed to represent this Church in Synod
Aug 30 1818 Deacon Ezra Hoyt to represent Church
Oct 4 1818 Bptzd: Anson, child of Thos. Baker & wife; Bptzd: Spencer
Porter, child of Francis Smith and wife; Bptzd the children of Lydia &
Seth Blanchard:named, Caleb Austin, Charlotte, Wm., Laurinda ()?, Sally
Oct 22 1818 Rec'd from the Church at New Marlborough North Parish: Sarah
Hall the wife of Gen. Isaac Hall: and Patty Hall.
Nov 8 1818 Bptz: Caroline, child of Ezekial Hoyt and wife
Nov 11 1818 Rec'd from Ch. at Manlius, Elizabeth Hurd ? : Sarah Leavenworth
Nov 24 1818 Sidney Smith dis'd to ?
Jan 3 1819 Rec'd from Pompey: Deacon Ezra Hoyt & Polly his wife From
Leroy, Calvin Hart; Rec'd Theodotia Gaylord: John Hart
Jan 21 1819 Married Mr. Turpan Green & Miss Patty Hall by the Rev.
Jan 23 1819 Married Mr. Epenetus Hoyt and Miss Orril Baker by the Rev.
May 9 1819 Bptzd Harrison Fisher, son of Mr. and Mrs. Asahel Smith
Jul 4 1819 Amanda Rosier rec'd from Ch. at Marcellus; Bptzd Sarah Emeline,
dau. of Harry Hall and wife
Oct 10 1819 Bptzd: Amanda, dau. of Mr. Seth Baker & wife
Feb 1820 Dis'd by letter: Jabez Rice and wife: also Polly Park
Feb 13 1820 Bptzd: Rause Angeline dau. of Isabella & Calvin Cole: by
the Rev. Simeon Snow; Bptzd: Dwight (Dwite) son Seth Blanchard and wife.
Bptzd: Charles, son of Willerd Rice & wife
May 21 1820 Bptzd: Julius Augustus: son of Julius Chamberlin & wife;
Bptzd: Russell, son of Amanda Rosier
Jun 9 1820 Bptzd: Caleb son of Turpin Green & wife
Aug 25 1820 Betsy Cole the wife of Dr. Williams Presented a son who was
Bptzd Chauncy Laurence
Oct 1 1820 Rec'd into the Church Cornelius C. Vandenburg & wife
Wm. Shaw and wife
Mrs. Miller wife of Jacob Miller
Mrs. Hall the wife of Esq. Hall
Bptzd: William Shaw and wife and their dau. Betsy Mariah
Bptzd: Eliza "Sharlet" dau. Otis Smith & wife
Oct 17 1820 Bptzd: Elice & William: children of Nathaniel Sterling
Nov 19 1820 Cornelius Vandenburgh rec'd into Church
Nov 23 1820 Bptzd: Mary Ann Catherine Susan Hellen children of Cornelius
Bptzd: Diany Hellen (M?)argaret Children of Jacob Miller and wife
Bptzd: Children, Thomas ?Wibeek Henry Eldr(blurred) ch. of Cornelius C.
Vandenburgh and wife
Mar 25 1821 Bptzd: Dwight, son of Sydenham Baker & wife
Jul 8 1821 Bptzd: Mary Angeline, Calvin Hall, children of Ezra Knapp and
Bptzd: Martin Powel child of Walter Right (Wright) and wife
William Rue and wife dismissed
Also the wife of Seth Blanchard
Sep 9 1821 Mrs. Hinkston wife of Chauncy Hinkston a member of the Church
in Otisco Presented her son who was Bptzd: Samuel Orson
Oct 8 1821 Rec'd into the Church by prof.
Hannah Smith the widow of Joseph Smith
Hannah the wife of Wm. Smith
Chas. Smith: Sally Smith: Andrew Gibs
By letter theh following
Anna, w of Cornelius Vandenburgh
Walter Right and wife Dolly (or ? Dolly)
the wife of Andrew Gibs
Wm. Smith and Polly Smith
Bptzd: James Stanton: L Jane Elisa
Walter Parmer (Palmer?) children of Andrew Gibs and wife
Bptzd: Doncarlius son of Wm. Smith & wife
Bptzd: Ira son of Mr. and Mrs. Turpin Green (Mrs. Green's name Patty)
Jan 20 1822 Isaac Hall and wife their son Bptzd Amery Smith
Bptzd: Gennit dau. Calvin and Isabella Cole
Apr 7 1822 Added to the Ch. the following:
Epenetus Hoyt & wife
Quartius Baker & wife
King Baker & wife
Sydenham Baker and Nathaniel Steeling
Mary the wife of Erastus Baker
Ann the wife of Revillo Keeler
Katherine Eliza wife of Mr. Cook
Mary wife of Ezra Knapp
Christopher Cramer, Jr.
Harriett Baker ?
Almina the wife of Calvin Hart
Those baptized were:
Mary wife of Esq. Baker
Anna the wife of Mr. Revillo Keeler
Catherine Eliza wife Mr. Cook
Mary wife of Ezra Knapp.
May 5 1822 Bptzd: Horace son of Epenetus Hoyt & wife; Bptzd: Cornelia
dau Quartius Baker & wife; Bptzd: Chas. Utley son of Isaac Barnam and
wife members at Ch. at Manlius; Bptzd: a dau ___? of Thom Baker & wife
Jul 7 1822 Following persons were rec'd into the Ch.
Erastus Baker Esq.
Spencer Fisher & wife
Widow Eunice Bates
Mary wife of Isaac Hoyt
Dolly wife of Dr. Silas Park
Mrs. Abbott the wife of Dea. Nathan Abbott was rec'd by letter ___?
Bptzd: Spencer Fisher & wife
Candance Hall or Hale ?
Aug 7 1822 William Hall rec'd and baptized
Aug 25 1822 Bptzd: Catherine Loisa: Chas. Elbert: Calvin Linley ? and Mary
Emely the children of Isaac Hoyt and wife
Widow Polly Smith July 28, 1822
Deacon Philander Hoyt Sept 6 1822
William Hall Sept 11 1822
Oct 6 1822 Rec'd
Eliza wife of Cornelius Vandenburgh
Bptzd: Jane Angeline child of Cornelius Vandenburgh and wife
Bptzd: Eunice child of Mr. & Mrs. Silas Rosier
Nov 3 1822 Bptzd: William King: child of Mr. & Mrs. Walter Wright
Nov 10 1822 Philander child of Cornelius C. Vandenburgh and wife
Jan 3 1823 Asa Snow rec'd from Ch. at Augusta
Apr 6 1823 Bptzd: Eliza Sophronia, ch. of Harry Hall & wife
Bptzd: Sarah Ann ch of Wm. Smith & wife
Bptzd: Mary ch. of Joel Fuller & wife
Apr 13 1823 Wm. Shaw & wife dis'd by letter ?
Apr 20 1823 Abigail wife of Francis Smith dis'd by L
Jun 6 1823 Appollos Hewett rec'd by prof.
Jul 20 1823 Bptzd: Mary Ann dau. Andrew Gibbs & wife
Aug 17 1823 Bptzd: Norman ch. of Mr. King Baker & wife
Nov 9 1823 Bptzd and rec'd Hannah Drake
Dec 8 1823 Bptzd: William son Quartius Baker & wife
Dec 10 1823 Bptzd: Hannah Maria: Betsey: Rodney John Flavel Mary and Salome
children of Erastus Baker & wife
Bptzd: Cynthia, Amanda, Vashti, Lucy, Orson, Jannette, Pamelia and Charles
Harrison children of Spencer Fisher & wife
May 16 1824 Bptzd: Fanny dau. Epenetus Hoyt & wife
Jul 4 1824 Bptzd: and rec'd Esther wife of Jesse Cole
Rec'd Lucy the wife of Chas. Jackson
Jul 25 1824 Bptzd: Elizabeth Augusta dau of Calvin and Isabella Cole
Sep 6 1824 Dr. Ward Bassett and Abigail his wife rec'd into the Church
Oct 3 1824 Warren Goodel rec'd by prof.
Nov 14 1824 Bptzd: Daniel Danforth son of John Hart and wife
Nov 21 1824 Bptzd: Ann Katherine ch of Cornelius C. Vandenburgh and wife
Feb 6 1825 Bptzd: Corntie Elizabeth dau. of Cornelius Vandenburgh and wife
Apr 3 1825 Bptzd: Harriett Newel ? child of Andrew Gibbs and wife
Henry Marsh Bptzd child of King Baker and wife
Apr 10 1825 Ezra Hart & wife dis'd to ch. at Cicero Amasa Hart dis'd
to any Church where he may cast his lot.
Apr 17 1825 Appollos Hewett and wife, and Appollos Hewett, Jr. dis'd to
any church where they may cast their lot.
May 8 1825 Morris Pratt dis'd by letter to Pres' Church at Onondaga Hollow.
Jun 12 1825 Polly wife of Asahel Smith dis'd to Ch. at Union
Jul 2 1825 Erastus Baker and Epenetus Hoyt chosen Deacons
Jul 3 1825 John B. Buck and Susannah his wife rec'd by letter from Pres.
Ch. at Great Bend.
Baptzd: their child, named Chas. Chamberlin.
Jul 3 1825 Bptzd Amos son of Joel & Lois Fuller
Vashti the wife of Archibald Garfield rec'd by prof.
Jul 29 1825 Bptzd: Rufus child of Thos. Baker & wife
Aug 18 1825 DIED Amas Hart
Aug 23 1825 DIED Polly the wife of Thos. Baker
Sep 3 1825 Dr. Ward Bassett and wife Abigail dis'd by letter to Cortland.
Oct 2 1825 Bptzd: Henry Cole ch. of Chauncy and Betsy Williams
Milton-Sherwood ch. of Harry Hall and wife Bptzd.
Dorus Porter and wife rec'd by letter from Pompey Church
Feb 26 1826 DIED Widow Hannah Smith
Mar 20 1826 John B. Buck and Susannah his wife did's by letter to Salina
May 14 1826 Bptzd: Leonard the ch of Nathaniel and Rhody Goodell: (said
people from ALlen, Allegany Co.)
Jul 16 1826 Bptzd: Caleb, Malvina Elizabeth and Chas. ch. of Chas. &
Jul 23 1826 Bptzd: William Hall child of Maria the wife of Mr. Jones
Jul 24 1826 DIED Esther the wife of Jesse Cole
Oct 1 1826 Bptzd: Jeremiah ch. of Cornelius Vandenburgh and wife
Bptzd: Philander ch of Epenetus Hoyt & wife
Bptzd: Mary Ann ch of King Baker & wife
Oct 15 1826 Walter Wright & Polly his wife dis'd by letter to Presbyterian
Ch. at Cicero
Amanda wife of Silas Rosier dis'd by letter to Pres. Ch. at Marcellus
Dec 4 1826 Eliza C. Cook mentioned as a member
Dec 17 1826 Mr. John Hartmand Belinda his wife to Church at Cicero by letter
Dec 24 1826 Henry Hall and Diadama his wife to gether with Maria Knapp
now the wife of Mr. Jones to Ch. at Aurelius
Dec 30 1826 Calvin Hart & Almina his wife by letter to Presbyterian
Ch. at Hanford, Upper Canada.
Humphrey Hurlburt a letter to any Ch. where he may locate.
Apr 1 1827 Sally Farnham now Sally Cramer rec'd from Ch. at Pompey
Bptzd and rec'd into Ch. Jerusha Drake
Apr 22 1827 Cornelius C. Vandenburgh and Maria his wife dis'd to Pres.
Jul 22 1827 Miss Theodotia Galerd dis'd by letter to any Presbyterian Church.
Aug 26 1827 Bptzd: Thomas Knox ch. of Andrew Gibs & w.
Sep 9 1827 Sally Smith now Sally Hammnd dis'd to Presbyterian Ch. at Harrison
Sep 30 1827 Sybilla Baker wife of Thomas Baker by letter from Ch. at Otisco
Nov 25 1827 Bptzd: Elizabeth Adaline ch. Isaac and Mary Hoyt
Dec 23 1827 DIED Deacon Noah Hoyt
Apr 6 1828 Bptzd Betsy Malvina ch. of Dr. C. and Betsy Williams
Bptzd Gilbert c. of James and Clary Abbott
Jun 1 1828 Lavina wife of Mr. James Clark rec'd
Jul 27 1828 Bptzd: Chauncy ch. of King Baker and wife
Bptzd Phipps Banister ch. of Warren Goodell and wife
Bptzd: Hannah Emeline ch. of Wm. M. Smith and wife
Bptzd: George Harry and Elizabeth Augusta ch. of Dorus Porter and wife
Sep 7 1828 Bptzd: Claisa Jennette ch. of Cornelius C. Vandenburg &
Jan 2 1829 Jacobus Clute and Eliza his wife rec'd from Cutch Ch. at Renssealer
Mar 15 1829 Mrs. Miller the wife of Jacob Miller dis'd to any Church where
she may locate
Apr 26 1829 Bptzd: Andrew the child of Joel and Lois Fuller (spelled Louis)
May 31 1829 Bptzd Alvin ch. of Quartius Baker & wife
Jun 1 1829 Jerusha Drake dis'd by letter to Ch. (Presbyterian) at Manlius
Oct 4 1829 Sarah Clute rec'd into the Church
Oct 13 1829 Cornelius C. Vandenburgh & wife letter to Pres. Ch. at
Oct 18 1829 Bptzd: Harriet Columbia ch. of Chas. W. Hoyt and wife
Oct 25 1829 Bptzd: Lauretta Jane ch. of Isaac and Mary Hoyt
Oct 31 1829 Isaac De Blois Sherman mentioned as Church Member.
Jan 1 1830 Tirzah Chappell rec'd into membership by prof.
Jan 31 1830 Letters of dismissal to Spencer Fisher and Vashti his wife
to any Ch. where they may locate
Bptzd: Warren ch. of Lewis Baker & wife
Apr 2 1830 Bptzd: Sybilla child of King Baker & wife
Apr 9 1830 Bptzd: Elen Matilda ch. of Christopher Cramer and wife
Apr 18 1830 Miss Jane Weed dis'd to ch. at Fabius
Jul 5 1830 Letter of dismissal to Lavina wife of James Clark to Ch. at
To Clarissa Eliot a letter to any Church where she may locate
Jan 30 1831 Letter of dismissal to Minerva Baker now Hoyt to the Church
Feb 19 1831 DIED Dea. Nathan Abbott
May 6 1831 Eunice Johnson rec'd by letter from Church at Gibson Pa.
Harriett Corning wife of Rev. Alexander Corning rec'd by letter
Rec'd by profession
Albert Baker (? Becker)
Catherine his wife
Susan Baker wife of Lewis Baker
Lydia Dox wife of John Dox
May 8 1831 Bptzd: Susan Baker wife of Lewis Baker, Abigail Smith
Jun 5, 1831 Charlotte Hoyt dis'd to Preble.
Jul 1 1831 Rec'd by profession the following
Chester Baker --- Mary Ann Smith
Almira Sterling --- Julia Baldwin
Orpha Baker ---- Electa Baker
Electa Chamberlin --- Fanny Goodell
Lois Baker and Sarah (N.R. or) K. Chamberlin
Voted that Wm. M. Smith, Asahel King and Doras Porter serve as a standing
comittee for one year
Peter Abbott on a Committee.
Chas. W. Hoyt to represent the Ch. at Presbytery at Manlius the 13th inst
Jul 8 1831 Members rec'd on confession of faith
Mariam Baker bptzd
Julia Baldwin bptzd
Sarah ? Chamberlin bptzd
Bptzd Mary Elizabeth ch. of Albert Baker or Becker and wife
Bptzd Phebe Maria ch. of Quartius Baker and wife
Bptzd Harriett ch. of Lois & Joel Fuller
Hannah Drake dis'd to Jamesville
Jul 10 1831 Mary Maria Bptzd ch. of Vastia and Andrew Share
Bptzd Loyal Franklin ch of Doras Porter and wife
Eldret Cramer dis'd to Cicero
Jul 17 1831 Bptzd Mary Abigail ch. of Clarissa and James Abbott
Aug 12 1831 Voted to call Rev. Mr. A. Corning to be installed as our Pastor
Aug 14 1831 Edwin Erastus bptzd child of Isaac Hoyt and wife
Sep 9 1831 Admitted to membership in the Church Sophia Hall: Betsy Hall:
Amanda Hall and Mary Dox
Bptzd by the Rev. Richard Corning: Benjamin Trumble child of the Rev. Mr.
Alexander B. Corning and wife
Sep 11 1831 Bptzd Sophia wife of Mathias Hall
Bptzd Amanda wife of Lyman Hall
Oct 30 1831 Bptzd Margaret child of King Baker & wife
Nov 13 1831 Rec'd Mrs. Jane Jacobs and Eliza Knapp
Mar 9 1832 Members received
Mary Ann wife Joseph Smith
Mar 11 1832 Members rec'd: Lewis Hoyt
Bptzd Julia Bryant
Mary Ann the wife of Joseph Smith
Mar 25 1832 Bptzd Harry Andrews
May 18 1832 Almira the wife of John Cramer rec'd as a member in this Church
Betsy the wife of Amasa Wright dis'd to Fabius
May 20 1832 Almira Cramer mentioned above is bptzd
Miss Phebe McMillan is bptzd
Jul 8 1832 Betsy wife of Lewis Hoyt bptzd
Aug 5 1832 DIED Abigail Smith
Sep 7 1832 Bptzd John Taylor child of Andrew Gibbs and wife
Sep 9 1832 Rec'd by prof: Catherine Share and Susan Clute
Bptzd Arvilla ch. of John and Almira Cramer
Oct 21 1832 Bptzd Chas. Wellington ch. of Chas. W. Hoyt and wife
Nov 29 1832 Voted that this meeting of the Church be adjourned until first
Mon. in Jan. next. Erastus Baker, Clk.
Feb 27 1832 (OUT OF PLACE)
Subscribers to fund to pay balance on parsonage
Wm. M. Smith
Chas. W. Hoyt
Jun 5 1831 Mrs. Charlotte Crevath ? formerly Hoyt dis'd to Preble.
Jul 8 1832 Miriam Parker, Bptzd.
Jul 6 1832 Lewis Baker and wife presented a son who was baptized, Alexander
1834 Christopher Cramer and wife dis'd to M.E.Church
also Catherine the wife of King Baker.
Aug 24 1834 Dis'd to M.E. Church
Betsey Hoyt; Polly A. Sterling; Phebe McMillan and the widow Hall.
Oct 1 1835 Widow Tirzah Chappell dis'd to Ch. at Otisco
Apr 4 1845 Mrs. Hiriam Baker rec'd by L. from Ch. Syracuse
May 10 1846 Mrs. Louise L. Hoyt rec'd from M.E.Ch. Syracuse
Mar 14 1852 Sarah S. Baker (Miss) dismissed to 1st Pres. Ch. Bergen, Wyo.
In Membership List of the year 1846 page 2
Cordelia Rouse Baker or Cordelia Baker Rouse ?
Eliza Jones Cole or Eliza Cole Jones ?
D.A.R. Bible Records. Volume 39, pp. 165-182. Copied by Minnie L.C.
Coleman, Chairman Gen.
Research Committee, Gen. Asa Danforth Chapter, D.A.R., Syracuse, NY 1931
to Onondaga County Church Records page.
to Onondaga County NY Gen-Web page.
27 October 1996
1 May 1998