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Church of the Ascension
548 Congress Street
Troy, New York

On Sunday, February 14, 1868, Rev. George H. Walsh, D.D., of St. John’s Episcopal Church organized at the home of William Cox on Congress Street, Ida Hill, St. John’s Free Mission.

The meetings of the Mission were first held in a room in a building in the rear of the Ida Hill Cotton Mill. Afterwards, they were held in the building at 326 Congress Street and later in the upper part of the house at 322 Congress Street which was then standing on the present site of St. Francis de Sales Roman Catholic Church.

Franklin W. Farnam and his wife, Jane K. Farnam, members of St. Paul’s became interested in St. John’s Free Mission and became determined to erect an edifice for its use to be called The Free Church of the Ascension.

Construction started on the church in the summer of 1869 at a site on the south side of Congress Street opposite Mt. Ida Falls. The cornerstone of the church was laid by Right Reverend William Croswell Doane, Bishop of Albany on October 19, 1869 and he consecrated the church on February 18, 1871. The tower of the church is one hundred and six feet high and has a chime of nine sweet toned bells.

The Church of the Ascension has been closed for several years.

The following Memorial Names that were found in the church were transcribed by TIGS volunteer Rebecca Rector.

Name

Memorial

Location

Inscription

Church

Status

Allen, C. D., 1st Lt.

Large Plaque -  Dedicated Christmas 1920

Rear of Church

1st. Lt. C. D. Allen - Served in WWI  - Army

Church of the Ascension, Troy

Closed

Bailey, E. H., Corp.

Large Plaque -  Dedicated Christmas 1920

Rear of Church

Corp. E. H. Bailey - Served in WWI - Army

Church of the Ascension, Troy

Closed

Bailey, J. H.

Large Plaque -  Dedicated Christmas 1920

Rear of Church

J. H. Bailey - Served in WWI - Army

Church of the Ascension, Troy

Closed

Ballantyne, H. E.

Large Plaque -  Dedicated Christmas 1920

Rear of Church

H. E. Ballantyne - Served in WWI - Navy

Church of the Ascension, Troy

Closed

Beattie, D. S., Sgt.

Large Plaque -  Dedicated Christmas 1920

Rear of Church

Sgt. D. S. Beattie - Served in WWI - Army

Church of the Ascension, Troy

Closed

Benson, Jane Braithwaite

Stained Glass Window

Left Side

Glory of God - In Loving Memory of Robert Benson & Jane Braithwaite Benson - 1907

Church of the Ascension, Troy

Closed

Benson, Robert

Stained Glass Window

Left Side

Glory of God - In Loving Memory of Robert Benson & Jane Braithwaite Benson - 1907

Church of the Ascension, Troy

Closed

Bills, Alfonzo

Stained Glass Window

Right Side

In Memoriam - Alfonzo Bills and wife Caroline Hammond - Gift of Their Daughter - 1908

Church of the Ascension, Troy

Closed

Bills, Caroline Hammond

Stained Glass Window

Right Side

In Memoriam - Alfonzo Bills and wife Caroline Hammond - Gift of Their Daughter - 1908

Church of the Ascension, Troy

Closed

Bosworth, F. A.

Large Plaque -  Dedicated Christmas 1920

Rear of Church

F. A. Bosworth - Served in WWI - Army

Church of the Ascension, Troy

Closed

Braithwaite, Jane

Stained Glass Window

Left Side

Glory of God - In Loving Memory of Robert Benson & Jane Braithwaite Benson - 1907

Church of the Ascension, Troy

Closed

Brown, H.

Large Plaque -  Dedicated Christmas 1920

Rear of Church

H. Brown - Served in WWI - Army

Church of the Ascension, Troy

Closed

Buchanan, Margaret C.

Stained Glass Window

Right Side

Gift Of Margaret Buchanan Stone - In Sacred Memory of Husband Henry A. Stone & Her Mother Margaret C. Buchanan - 1907

Church of the Ascension, Troy

Closed

Burkhardt, C. H., Corp.

Large Plaque -  Dedicated Christmas 1920

Rear of Church

Corp. C. H. Burkhardt - Served in WWI - Army

Church of the Ascension, Troy

Closed

Caird, James

Organ Plaque

Front of Church

James Caird Memorial Organ - 1929 - By The People

Church of the Ascension, Troy

Closed

Caven, W. J.

Large Plaque -  Dedicated Christmas 1920

Rear of Church

W. J. Caven - Served in WWI - Army

Church of the Ascension, Troy

Closed

Clark, L. B., Sgt.

Large Plaque -  Dedicated Christmas 1920

Rear of Church

Sgt. L. B. Clark - Served in WWI - Army

Church of the Ascension, Troy

Closed

Corps, Martha

Stained Glass Window

Right Side

Gift Of Matthew R. Green - In Memory of his Mother Sarah Green & His Aunt Martha Corps - All Saints Day - 1909

Church of the Ascension, Troy

Closed

Cox, Annie

Stained Glass Window

Right Side

In Memory Of - Eliza A. Cox and William A. Cox - By Daughters - Annie & Mary G. Cox - (William Cox house was where the first service was held which led to the formation of the Free Church of the Ascension)

Church of the Ascension, Troy

Closed

Cox, Eliza A.

Stained Glass Window

Right Side

In Memory Of - Eliza A. Cox and William A. Cox - By Daughters - Annie & Mary G. Cox - (William Cox house was where the first service was held which led to the formation of the Free Church of the Ascension)

Church of the Ascension, Troy

Closed

Cox, Mary G.

Stained Glass Window

Right Side

In Memory Of - Eliza A. Cox and William A. Cox - By Daughters - Annie & Mary G. Cox - (William Cox house was where the first service was held which led to the formation of the Free Church of the Ascension)

Church of the Ascension, Troy

Closed

Cox, William A.

Stained Glass Window

Right Side

In Memory Of - Eliza A. Cox and William A. Cox - By Daughters - Annie & Mary G. Cox - (William Cox house was where the first service was held which led to the formation of the Free Church of the Ascension)

Church of the Ascension, Troy

Closed

Dodds, R. M.

Large Plaque -  Dedicated Christmas 1920

Rear of Church

R. M. Dodds - Served in WWI - Army

Church of the Ascension, Troy

Closed

Dorlon, C. P., CPO.

Large Plaque -  Dedicated Christmas 1920

Rear of Church

CPO. C. P. Dorlon,  - Served in WWI - Navy

Church of the Ascension, Troy

Closed

Dorlon, J. H.

Large Plaque -  Dedicated Christmas 1920

Rear of Church

J. H. Dorlon - Served in WWI - Navy

Church of the Ascension, Troy

Closed

Dorlon, P. S., 1st. Lt.

Large Plaque -  Dedicated Christmas 1920

Rear of Church

1st. Lt. P. S. Dorlon - Served in WWI - Army

Church of the Ascension, Troy

Closed

Egolf, Alma M.

Stained Glass Window

Left Side

In Memoriam - Miss Alma M. Egolf - All Saints Day 1906 - By Sunday School Class And Friends

Church of the Ascension, Troy

Closed

Fake, W.

Large Plaque -  Dedicated Christmas 1920

Rear of Church

W. Fake  -  Served in  WWI - Army

Church of the Ascension, Troy

Closed

Farr, F.

Large Plaque -  Dedicated Christmas 1920

Rear of Church

F. Farr - Served in WWI - Navy

Church of the Ascension, Troy

Closed

Fisher, O. L., Jr.

Large Plaque -  Dedicated Christmas 1920

Rear of Church

O. L. Fisher, Jr.  -  Served in  WWI - Army

Church of the Ascension, Troy

Closed

Gillespie, P. D.

Large Plaque -  Dedicated Christmas 1920

Rear of Church

P. D. Gillespie  -  Served in  WWI - Army

Church of the Ascension, Troy

Closed

Green, Matthew R.

Stained Glass Window

Right Side

Gift Of Matthew R. Green - In Memory of his Mother Sarah Green & His Aunt Martha Corps - All Saints Day - 1909

Church of the Ascension, Troy

Closed

Green, Sarah

Stained Glass Window

Right Side

Gift Of Matthew R. Green - In Memory of his Mother Sarah Green & His Aunt Martha Corps - All Saints Day - 1909

Church of the Ascension, Troy

Closed

Hammond, Caroline

Stained Glass Window

Right Side

In Memoriam - Alfonzo Bills and wife Caroline Hammond - Gift of Their Daughter - 1908

Church of the Ascension, Troy

Closed

Holt, R. L., Capt.

Large Plaque -  Dedicated Christmas 1920

Rear of Church

Capt. R. L. Holt  -  Served in  WWI - Army

Church of the Ascension, Troy

Closed

Hulsapple, M. B.

Large Plaque -  Dedicated Christmas 1920

Rear of Church

M. B. Hulsapple  -  Served in  WWI - Army

Church of the Ascension, Troy

Closed

Knowlson, C. B., CPO.

Large Plaque -  Dedicated Christmas 1920

Rear of Church

CPO. C. B. Knowlson,  - Served in WWI - Navy

Church of the Ascension, Troy

Closed

Knowlson, L. K., Sgt.

Large Plaque -  Dedicated Christmas 1920

Rear of Church

Sgt. L. K. Knowlson  -  Served in  WWI - Army

Church of the Ascension, Troy

Closed

Lee, John W.

Plaque on Wall

Front of Church

John W. Lee - Trustee For 50 Consecutive Years Attended The Christmas Carol Services

Church of the Ascension, Troy

Closed

Lee, John Walker

Organ Plaque

Front of Church

In Memory Of - John Walker Lee - By His Wife - 1929

Church of the Ascension, Troy

Closed

Martin, Ephraim

Stained Glass Window

Left Side

In Memory Of His Parents - Henry L. Ward & Beulah A. Ward & Her Father - Ephraim Martin - H. Judd Ward & Bela J. Ward - 1921

Church of the Ascension, Troy

Closed

McChesney, L.

Large Plaque -  Dedicated Christmas 1920

Rear of Church

L. McChesney - Served in WWI - Navy

Church of the Ascension, Troy

Closed

McNally, R. J.

Large Plaque -  Dedicated Christmas 1920

Rear of Church

R. J. McNally  -  Served in  WWI - Army

Church of the Ascension, Troy

Closed

McQuide, J. C., 2nd. Lt.

Large Plaque -  Dedicated Christmas 1920

Rear of Church

2nd. Lt. J. C. McQuide  -  Served in  WWI - Army

Church of the Ascension, Troy

Closed

McQuide, K. T., Sgt.

Large Plaque -  Dedicated Christmas 1920

Rear of Church

Sgt. K. T. McQuide  -  Served in  WWI - Army

Church of the Ascension, Troy

Closed

Mitter, H., PO.

Large Plaque -  Dedicated Christmas 1920

Rear of Church

PO. H. Mitter - Served in WWI - Navy

Church of the Ascension, Troy

Closed

Reisel, A. H.

Large Plaque -  Dedicated Christmas 1920

Rear of Church

A. H. Reisel  -  Served in  WWI - Army

Church of the Ascension, Troy

Closed

Richards, J. T.

Large Plaque -  Dedicated Christmas 1920

Rear of Church

J. T. Richards  -  Served in  WWI - Army

Church of the Ascension, Troy

Closed

Stone, Henry A.

Stained Glass Window

Right Side

Gift Of Margaret Buchanan Stone - In Sacred Memory of Husband Henry A. Stone & Her Mother Margaret C. Buchanan - 1907

Church of the Ascension, Troy

Closed

Stone, Margaret Buchanan

Stained Glass Window

Right Side

Gift Of Margaret Buchanan Stone - In Sacred Memory of Husband Henry A. Stone & Her Mother Margaret C. Buchanan - 1907

Church of the Ascension, Troy

Closed

Thompson, G. V.

Large Plaque -  Dedicated Christmas 1920

Rear of Church

G. V. Thompson  -  Served in  WWI - Army

Church of the Ascension, Troy

Closed

Ward, Bela J.

Stained Glass Window

Left Side

In Memory Of His Parents - Henry L. Ward & Beulah A. Ward & Her Father - Ephraim Martin - H. Judd Ward & Bela J. Ward - 1921

Church of the Ascension, Troy

Closed

Ward, Beulah A.

Stained Glass Window

Left Side

In Memory Of His Parents - Henry L. Ward & Beulah A. Ward & Her Father - Ephraim Martin - H. Judd Ward & Bela J. Ward - 1921

Church of the Ascension, Troy

Closed

Ward, H. Judd

Stained Glass Window

Left Side

In Memory Of His Parents - Henry L. Ward & Beulah A. Ward & Her Father - Ephraim Martin - H. Judd Ward & Bela J. Ward - 1921

Church of the Ascension, Troy

Closed

Ward, Henry L.

Stained Glass Window

Left Side

In Memory Of His Parents - Henry L. Ward & Beulah A. Ward & Her Father - Ephraim Martin - H. Judd Ward & Bela J. Ward - 1921

Church of the Ascension, Troy

Closed

White, Caroline

Stained Glass Window

Right Side

Gift of Henry & Caroline White - Easter 1907 (Henry worshipped here from The date of the opening)

Church of the Ascension, Troy

Closed

White, Henry

Stained Glass Window

Right Side

Gift of Henry & Caroline White - Easter 1907 (Henry worshipped here from The date of the opening)

Church of the Ascension, Troy

Closed

Zeh, R. M., PO.

Large Plaque -  Dedicated Christmas 1920

Rear of Church

PO. R. M. Zeh - Served in WWI - Navy

Church of the Ascension, Troy

Closed

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