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Apalachin, N. Y.
Apalachin appears among the preaching places on Vestal Cir-
cuit as early as 1845. The class met at the schoolhouse about one
mile above the village.
On June 21, 1852, a meeting was held in the schoolhouse at
Apalachin, over which Peter W. Cochran and Samuel Sparks pre-
sided. "The First Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church in
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Apalachin" was incorporated, with Nathaniel Catlin, Peter W.
Cochran, H. S. Warner, Charles Buffum, and Samuel Sparks
trustees. Nothing seems to have been accomplished by this incor-
During the summer of 1874, Rev. T. F. Moore, a local preacher
from Owego, who was appointed to the place in the spring,
held meetings in the Apalachin schoolhouse, and in the fall held
a three-days' grove meeting which was followed by a series of re-
South Owego, N. Y. 773
vival meetings. The congregations became too large for the ca-
pacity of the schoolhouse, and the Presbyterian church was secured.
The meetings continued five weeks, and at their close a society
was organized with about forty-five members. A class from Mut-
ton Hill became a part of this society at this time. The class be-
came a part of Campville charge in 1876, having been served by
T. F. Moore in 1874 and J. C. Calnon in 1875. In 1883 Apalachin,
South Owego, and Campville were constituted a charge bearing
the name of Apalachin.
On October 25, 1875, the society met at the Wesleyan house of
worship in Apalachin and elected Ira T. Hayes, Walter Notewire.
John Dingman, Lansing Goodenow, and George Like trustees.
On March 27, 1885, Laura A. Jennings, in consideration of $750,
deeded the society a house and lot, the lot containing about one
acre of land. The church enterprise was begun in 1886, and on
November 2, 1887, the church, which cost $2,500, was dedicated.
Rev. H. M. Crydenwise preaching the dedicatory sermon at 11
A. M., and Rev. W. M. Hiller preaching in the evening. One
thousand dollars was raised during the day. A gracious revival
occurred in the following winter.
South Owego is about midway between Apalachin and Little
Meadows. The class was organized in 1830, and became a part
of Vestal Circuit in 1831. The schoolhouse was used as a place of
worship until the church was built.
On May 20, 1856, the society became incorporated, with Ezra
Tallmadge, Caleb Lamb, Clark Beecher, Russell D. Gifford, Smith
Gould, H. B. Gifford, and William G. Knight as trustees.
On June 24, 1856, Charles Beecher and wife Mary deeded the
society three quarters of an acre of land as a gift. The church,
which cost $1,200, was dedicated in July, 1857. The building has
been improved since.
The class was with Little Meadows some time before becoming
a part of Apalachin charge.
1855, Joseph Whitham; 1856, I. P. Towner; 1857-73, _____;
1874, T. F. Moore; 1875, J. C. Calnon; 1876-82, with Campville;
1883-84, C. H. Basford; 1885-86, L. W. Peck; 1887-89, N. W.
Barnes; 1890-91, M. R. Kerr; 1892-93, R. W. Lowry; 1894, S. E.
Hunt; 1895, J. R. Allen; 1896-97, S. H. Flory; 1898, A. C.
Brackenbury; 1899-1901, E. A. Martin; 1902-03, G. D. Fisher.
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John Saltmarsh moved from Connecticut to Athens (then called
Tioga Point) in 1801, and built a hotel on Main Street, near the
corner of the street which crosses the Chemung bridge. He in-
terested himself in the Lord's work, being a Christian, and gave
the use of his house to the Methodist itinerants for public services.
It is claimed that Lorenzo Dow preached in his house in 1810.
About 181 5 a blacksmith by the name of Shippey settled near Mr.
Saltmarsh, and is supposed by some to have formed a class, but
the statement cannot be verified.
In 1832 a class was formed, and preaching and other services
have been maintained until the present. The first class must have
had but few members; for when Chester Park moved into the
place from Sheshequin in 1834, and united with the class, there
were but two members in the class besides himself and wife — C.
Harsh and Esther Saltmarsh. Mr. and Mrs. Park were earnest
Christians, and were a valuable help to the feeble society. Mr.
Park was local preacher, class leader, steward, trustee, and very
efficient in each. After the organization of the class in 1832 Sun-
day services were held in the academy until it was burned in 1842.
The destruction of the school building prompted the society to
build a church. It stood about a block below the present Presby-
terian church, a little off from Main Street, and was dedicated in
1844, Rev. Jonas Dodge, of Elmira, preaching the dedicatory ser-
mon. The board of trustees at that time included C. Park, William
Norton, Elisha Matthewson, C. M. Harsh, James H. Scott, and
John E. Smith. During the session of the Oneida Conference at
Ithaca, N. Y., from July 23 to August 1, 1851, the church was de-
stroyed by fire. The society was greatly discouraged. By the
help of many friends on Newark District and of some charges on
Susquehanna District a new church was built of brick, costing
$1,300, and was dedicated on Thursday, February 26, 1852, Rev.
W. H. Pearne preaching the dedicatory sermon.
Prior to 1843 the society was a part of the Barton Circuit. From
1843 to 1845 it was with Factoryville, and served in 1843-44 by
P. S. Worden, in 1845 by A. G. BurHngame. From 1846 to 1850
it was with Barton Circuit again, and during 1851-52 it was with
Waverly again. In 1853 Athens appeared as a charge among the
appointments. The society was not strong enough to stand the
demands of independent existence, and in a few years sought an
advantageous alliance. Accordingly, in 1858 the society became a
part of the Ulster charge in the East Genesee Conference, eight
Athens, Pa. 775
miles down the Susquehanna, and was served in 1858 by Rev.
Messrs. Armstrong and Coolbaugh. In 1859 Rev. H. T. Avery
served the society, and abandoned this class before the end of the
year because of discouragements. At this juncture Rev. G. P.
Porter, the pastor at Waverly, went to the rescue, united discordant
elements, and supplied the class with preaching services. The
class came back to Wyoming Conference, and in 1860 became a
part of Waverly charge, where it remained until 1867. At this
time the class had but sixteen members. A revival during the
winter of 1861-62, in which there were one hundred and seventy-
five conversions, added much strength to the class. In 1867
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Athens and Litchfield formed a charge, and so remained until 1870,
when Litchfield was detached, and Athens was again an inde-
pendent charge. In 1874 the Athens pastor organized a class at
Sayre, which continued a part of Athens charge until 1883.
The present church, which cost $13,618, was erected in 1884
and dedicated on Sunday, December 7, 1884, Chaplain McCabe
preaching morning and evening. Over $5,500 was secured on a
four years' subscription. A shrinkage in subscriptions caused the
society some embarrassment. In 1888 $1,600 was paid on debt,
and in 1889 $250 was received from Mrs. Priscilla Bennett and
enough money raised on the charge to pay its interest and $1,000
on principal. In 1890 the debt was reduced another $1,000. In
1892 the parsonage was built, costing $2,500, and the church im-
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proved at an expense of $520. A part of the total cost was raised
at the time. In the spring of 1894 the society found itself $8,000
in debt. During the year $3,000 was paid on the debt and the bal-
ance refunded at four per cent. Since this time the debt has been
reduced until it is now but $500.
In 1890 one hundred and fifty conversions were reported, and in
1896 one hundred and eleven probationers were received. These
were among the more extensive revivals in the history of the
The church has a pipe organ secured by the aid of Andrew Car-
Athens and Litchfield, 1867-68, W. M. Hiller; 1869, D. Perso-
neus; Athens alone, 1870-71, D. Personeus; 1872, C. O. Planmer;
1873, supplied by Rev. Mr. Armstrong, from the Genesee Confer-
ence; 1874, S. W. Lindsley; 1875-77, W. N. Cobb; 1878-79, G. M.
Chamberlain; 1880-82, A. W. Hood; 1883-84, G. T. Price; 1885,
J. Ryder; 1886-87, H. H. Dresser; 1888, T. P. Halstead; 1889-93,
G. A. Place; 1894-98, G. A. Cure; 1899-1901, C. A. Benjamin;
1902-03, W. G. Simpson.
Barton, N. Y.
The territory in this charge was a part of Tioga Circuit until
the Spencer Circuit was formed in 1821, when it became a part of
that circuit and remained there until the formation of the Barton
Circuit in 1829. It was taken from Spencer Circuit and is said
to have been formed for the special accommodation of Rev. John
Griffing. "Advancing age, with its infirmities, and the purchase
of a farm a little below Owego, made it desirable that he should
have a more circumscribed field than usual, and one nearer home.
Barton Circuit was therefore made for him. It embraced all the
territory on the west bank of the Susquehanna from Owego to
Athens, thence up the Chemung Valley to Elmira." In 1837 the
circuit included Barton, Smithboro, Ross Hill, Barton Hill, Tioga
Center, Ellistown, Factoryville, and the Burhyte neighborhood.
In 1840 the following were the apportionments on the circuit for
pastor's salary: Smithboro, $110; Tioga, $75; Factoryville, $125;
Ellistown, $80; Barton, $80; Athens, $75; Talmadge Hill, $25;
Shipman's, $25; Ross Hill, $25; West Hill, $20; Burhyte's, $15.
The Barton class was formed in 1805, though preaching serv-
ices were held here as early as 1800. Services were held in the
schoolhouse until the church was built. Ground for a church was
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secured in 1832 and a subscription started for the building of a
church. The church was built in 1835 and 1836, and dedicated
in the summer of 1836. This church stood on the hill above the
site of the present church.
On August 18, 1892, in consideration of $201.50, Elliott L.
Bensley and others deeded to the society its present church lot.
The present church and furnishings cost $2,400, and was dedi-
cated on Thursday, March 14, 1893, Rev. A. Griffin preaching in
the morning and Rev. J. F. Warner in the evening. Rev. W.
Treible conducted the dedicatory service. The sum of $580 was
raised at the morning service.
The first parsonage was bought and repaired in the spring of
1849, and the present parsonage was bought of Alonzo Davenport
on October 10, 1894, for $600.
Smithboro was a preaching place for the Methodist itinerant
about the days when the work in Barton began. The class wor-
shiped in the house of Mr. S. Light many years. This Mr. Light
entertained Bishop Asbury in July, 1807. We quote from his
"Saturday, 11. [July 11, 1807.] Brought us to the camp meeting
on Squire Light's ground; we found it had been in operation two
days. God is in the camp and with us. I preached on the camp
ground from Matt, xviii, 2. Some sots were a little disorderly,
but the greater part of the congregation were very attentive. Weak
as I was, I did not spare myself, my subject, or my hearers. It
may be, I spoke to one thousand people. Since the last Sabbath
we have traveled a hundred and twenty miles, and with
good roads and with even ground we might have made
three hundred miles in the same time. The heights of the
Susquehanna are stupendous; the bottom lands very fertile;
but this river runs through a country of unpleasing aspect,
morally and physically — rude, irregular, uncultivated is the
ground; wild, ignorant, and wicked are the people. They have
not been wearied by my labors; except in the neighborhood of
Lancaster, and by what I may once have done in a visit to Wyo-
ming, they are strangers to them. I am now on my first journey of
toil and suffering through Genesee and Tioga.
"Sunday, 12. My subject was 2 Cor. v, 20. My congregation
may have doubled in numbers to-day; and there were no trouble-
some drunkards. I feel as if God would own this meeting now,
and continue to own it many days, in various families and places.
I ordained five worthy men local preachers, namely, Daniel Wilcox,
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John B. Hudson, Samuel Emmit, John McCaine, and Nathaniel
Lewis, to the office of deacon. Had I not made this visit, these
men might have waited a long time, or taken a long ride to find
me. In the afternoon (Sabbath) there was an uproar amongst the
people. Some intoxicated young men seated themselves by the
women, and refused to move until compelled; they fought those
men who came to take them away, and when the presiding elder
interfered they struck at him, and one of the guards also, who was
helping by order of the constables. There were magistrates (such
as they were) to cry peace. The Owego gentry fled away cackling
falsehood like wild geese. One Kemp, chief bully, arrested A.
Owen, on Monday morning, for the Sabbath breaking, drunken-
ness, and fighting of this Kemp and his crew. The presiding elder
was charged with having struck Kemp, and then running away;
nor was the poor bishop spared — he too had been fighting: it
was well for him that he was not on the ground at the time — I was
quiet in my room." — Journal, vol. iii, 259, 260.
A meeting was held at the schoolhouse in district No. 4, town of
Tioga, on November 19, 1832, at which time "The Methodist Epis-
copal Society of Smithboro" was incorporated, and John Light,
Andrew Bonham, and Benjamin V. Brooks elected trustees. The
society decided that its seal should be a triangle, and a committee
was appointed to superintend the building of a church. The com-
mittee entered into a contract with C. C. Youtz and Willard Crats-
ley to build a church for $1,500. The church was erected in 1833-
34, and dedicated in the fall of 1834. On January 7, 1855, "it was
resolved that all orthodox societies of any denomination shall have
the privilege of preaching at any time in the Smithboro church,
when unoccupied, but none other, at any time." After expending
$1,100 in remodeling the church it was reopened on Thursday,
January 25, 1866. Rev. William Searls preached in the morning
from 2 Cor. ix, 15, and Rev. G. P. Porter in the evening from Psa.
xc, 17. Four hundred dollars was raised during the day to fully
provide for the improvements.
The building was destroyed by fire on the 24th of May, 1887.
The fire is believed to have been caused by sparks from an engine
on the Erie Railroad. A building committee was appointed
on May 31, 1887, and the present site purchased soon after for
$150. It was deeded to the society on September 12, 1887, by
Michael Smith and wife Celinda. The church, which cost $2,700,
was dedicated in June, 1888.
At a meeting of the society held on January 5, 1841, at which
Rev. H. Agard and S. Knapp presided, the society reincorporated
Ross Hill, N. Y. 779
with the corporate name of "Trustees of the First Society of the
Methodist Episcopal Church in Smithboro," and elected S. N.
White, A. Bonham, B. Brooks, B. Smith, and James Waterman
Ross Hill class is said to have been formed about 1850. Many
from this place had belonged to a class at Oak Hill. At a meeting
of the society held on February 13, 1860, at the house of Jacob
Smith, at which Peter Ross acted as chairman and James Love-
lass secretary, the society became incorporated as "The Hedding
Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church on Barton Circuit,"
and elected Michael Smith, John S. Johnson, John G. Smith,
Thomas Atcherson, John W. Meeker, Ellis H. Ross, and Jacob
Smith trustees. The seal of the society is diamond in form. On
March 10, 1860, in consideration of $1, John S. Johnson and wife
Maria deeded the society a lot on condition that a church should
be erected in one year. The church cost $1,000, and was dedi-
cated on Thursday, November 1, 1860. The Owego Ministerial
Association met in the church the two days preceding dedication.
1829, John Griffing, Palmer Roberts, John Parker; 1830, S. H.
Stocking; 1831, Miles H. Gaylord; 1832, J. Griffing, S. B. Yar-
rington; 1833, J. Griffing, M. Sherman, C. W. Giddings; 1834,
C. W. Harris, E. B. Tenney; 1835, S. H. Stocking, A. Warren;
1836, S. H. Stocking, J. O. Boswell, W. H. Pearne; 1837, J. O.
Boswell, W. Wyatt; 1838, B. D. Sniffin, H. Benjamin; 1839, B. D.
Sniffin, J. R. Boswell; 1840, H. Agard, J. R. Boswell; 1841, Darius
Simons, John Mulkey; 1842, D. Simons, B. Ellis; 1843, George
Harmon; 1844-45, Erastus Smith; 1846, M. Ruger; A. G. Bur-
lingame; 1847, W. Round, E. Owen, B. Ellis; 1848, W. Round,
E. Owen; 1849, V. M. Coryell, O. L. Torry; 1850, V. M. Coryell,
A. P. Mead; 1851, King Elwell; 1852-53, J. W. Hewitt; 1854, P.
Bartlett; 1855-57, N. S. De Witt; 1858-59, Welcome Smith; 1860-
61, C. E. Taylor; 1862-63, F. S. Chubbuck; 1864, C. W. Todd;
1865-66, J. Madison; 1867-68, W. Keatley; 1869, R. Hiorns;
1870-71, A. F. Harding; 1872, J. B. Santee; 1873, J. B. Davis;
1874-76, J. C. Brainard; 1877-79, L. Peck; 1880-82, J. B. Chy-
noweth; 1883-85, S. B. Keeney; 1886-87, L. Peck; 1888-89, S. F.
Wright; 1890-91, A. F. Brown; 1892-96, S. A. Terry; 1897-99,
S. E. Hunt; 1900, C. D. Skinner; 1901-02, Thomas Livingstone;
1903, J. B. Davis.
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Berkshire, N. Y.
The first Methodist sermon preached in Berkshire was deliv-
ered in 1808 by a Rev. Mr. Winslow. During the next nineteen
years this place was a part of adjoining charges. In 1828 Berk-
shire appeared among the appointments.
The town was settled by New Englanders who were largely
Congregationalists, and, considering the Methodists intruders,
antagonized them, assailed their doctrine and methods of worship,
and treated them with ridicule and sarcasm. The Congregation-
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alists had a pastor named Osborn in the early days (1808-12),
who, it is said, saddled his horse and rode some miles to meet the
Methodist itinerant that he might accompany him into town and
abuse him on the way. "He asked such questions as this: 'Are
you not ashamed to be going about the country living on the peo-
ple, teaching such and such doctrines?' He afterward became con-
vinced of his being wrong in his abusive treatment and confessed
it. His example, however, had its influence upon members of his
flock, who rather enjoyed persecuting the Methodists."
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A church was commenced in 1823, but was not finished until
1829, in which year it was dedicated on July 4. It cost $1,500.
Rev. R. S. Rose attended a quarterly meeting in this place in
1824 which was held in the schoolhouse.
When Gaylord Judd reorganized the class in 1828 it included
Elisha Scott, William Whitney and wife, Eleazer Valentine and
wife, Joseph Gleason and wife, Samuel Smith and wife, Herman
Smith, Susan Gleason, W. Belcher, and Bernice, Sallie, and Betsy
On April 22, 1829, the society met for incorporation. Rev.
Gaylord Judd presided, and Elisha Scott acted as secretary. Sam-
uel Smith, Joseph Belcher, Elisha Scott, Ezekiel Dewey, and Owen
Olney were chosen trustees of "The First Society of the Methodist
Episcopal Church in Berkshire."
In 1848 ten new horse sheds were built and the old bell in the
church exchanged for a new one costing $100 and the old bell.
After expending $1,000 in repairs the church was reopened on
June 12, 1862. Rev. G. P. Porter preached in the morning and
Rev. D. A. Shepard in the evening.
On May 17, 1889, in consideration of $350, Harper Howland
and wife Rosetta deeded to John R. Ford, E. H. Dewey, Peter
Rockwell, Edwin Young, E. F. Jewett, James Shepard, Michael
Dermady, A. C. Buffington, and H. M. Hubbard, trustees of the
Methodist Episcopal church, seventy rods of land. Upon this lot
the present church was built. The old church property was sold,
and the church was torn down and the materials used in building
two dwelling houses on the lot. The corner stone was laid on July
4, 1889, at 11 A. M., at which service addresses were made by Revs.
P. R. Hawxhurst and W. Treible. The church cost $5,500, and
was dedicated on Friday, February 21, 1890, at i p. m. Rev. C. N.
Sims, D.D., preached the sermon, and Rev. W. Treible conducted
the dedicatory service. The sum of $1,500 was raised to fully
provide for the cost of the building.
In 1851 Berkshire charge comprised Berkshire, East Berk-
shire, Richford, and Padlock.
A parsonage property was bought by Rev. P. S. Worden in 1851,
and in 1870 the house gave place to the present parsonage, which
East Berkshire class was formed prior to 1851, and worshiped
in the schoolhouse many years. On February 22, 1888, the society
met for incorporation. Rev. G. O. Beers presided, and G. L.
Japhet acted as secretary. Orin Hutchinson, C. E. Whitaker, and
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Edgar Winship were elected trustees, and "Trustees of the East
Berkshire Methodist Episcopal Church Society" chosen as its
corporate name. At the same meeting it was decided to build a
church at once. On April 8, 1888, in consideration of $50, James
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A. Warle and wife Sarah deeded the society three eights of an
acre of ground. The corner stone was laid on July 11, and on
November 14, 1888, the church, which cost $1,700, was dedicated
free from debt.
1828-29, Gaylord Judd; 1830-31, D. A. Shepard; 1832, S. Com-
fort; 1833, M. Westcott; 1834, J. B. Benham; 1835, D. Holmes;.
1836, Gaylord Judd; 1837, Selah Stocking; 1838, I. D. Warren;
1839, A. Hamilton; 1840, E. G. Bush; 1841-42, P. S. Worden;
1843, Walter Hare; 1844, Alpheus Hamilton; 1845 (Newark and
Berkshire), D. Simons, W. S. Titus; 1846, S. Mineer; 1847,
(Berkshire alone again), E. A. Young; 1848-49, P. S- Worden;
1850, A. C. Sperry; 1851-52, Asa Brooks; 1853, E. W. Breckin-
ridge; 1854, W. B. Thomas; 1855, George Jones; 1856, T. D.
Walker; 1857-58, C. W. Judd; 1859-60, R. S. Rose; 1861-62, W.
W. Welch; 1863, R. Van Valkenburg; 1864-66, N. Rounds;
1867-68, J. Madison; 1869-70, C. A. Ward; 1871, G. M. Peck;
1872, N. S. Reynolds; 1873, E. M. High; 1874-76, W. B. Kinney;
1877-78, R. Varcoe; 1879-81, R. Hiorns; 1882-84, E. R. D.
Briggs; 1885, S. F. Wright; 1886-88, G. O. Beers; 1889-91, I. J.
Smith; 1892-96, A. J. Cook; 1897-98, R. M. Pascoe; 1899-1903,
H. N. Van Deusen.
Camptown, Pa. 783
Camptown Circuit comprises Camptown, Herrick, East Herrick,
Standing Stone, Herrickville, and Keen Summit. These formerly
belonged to the Wyalusing, Le Raysville, and Rome Circuits. The
charge was known as Herrick from 1870 to 1879 and took its pres-
ent name in 1880. "Herrick charge was formed in April, 1870, by
setting off the following appointments from the Wyalusing charge:.
Herrick, East Herrick, Grove Schoolhouse, Standing Stone, Lime
Hill, and Camptown. The undersigned [Rev. P. R. Tower] was
left in charge, having already served Standing Stone two years
and the other portions of the charge one. It will be remembered
that East Herrick and Grove Schoolhouse appointments were set
off from the Le Raysville charge, and Standing Stone from Rome,
in 1869." Subsequently Grove Schoolhouse appointment was
changed to Herrickville, and Lime Hill appointment abandoned.
Camptown. About 1861, when the Wyalusing Circuit embraced
the entire section hereabouts, the necessity of having a parsonage
prompted the purchase of the property in Camptown, which is
still in use. The class here was small at the time, and its services
were held in the old red schoolhouse. After the erection of the
Baptist church the society secured its use.
The site for the church was purchased of Almon Tuller for $200,
one half of which he donated to the society. • C. S. Lafferty, R. D.
Cleveland, E. S. Fuller, G. L. Lewis, M. H. Rockefeller, A. C.
Hammerly, D. D. Chaffee, R. J. Fuller, and George H. Landon
constituted the first board of trustees. The church and furnishings
cost $2,300, $369 of which was raised on the day of dedication,
Thursday, January 19, 1882. Rev. A. Griffin preached in the
morning, and Rev. S. F. Brown in the evening. Rev. Y. C. Smith
conducted the dedicatory service. Rev. J. B. Sumner was present
and sang several solos. The society gives the use of the church
to the Presbyterians for a biweekly service.
Several gracious revivals have strengthened the society, but the
work during the winter of 1901-02 was the most extensive in the
history of the place. It was a union effort, conducted by Rev. J. B.
Davis, in which there were over one hundred conversions. The
Methodist church received its due proportion of increase. Samuel
Billings was class leader in 1870. He was succeeded by C. S. Laf-
ferty. Orlando English is now serving in that capacity. The Sun-
day school and young people's society are union organizations.
The society became incorporate on April 8, 1901, as "The First
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Methodist Episcopal Church of Camptown." The present trustees
are C. S. Laflferty, W. S. Lafferty, J. W. Hurst, O. English, M. H.
Rockefeller, J. H. Stevens, R. J. Fleming, C. S. Cronk, and W. T.
From this society two young men have entered the ministry —
C. L. Lewis and G. V. McAllister.
East Herrick. A class existed here as early as 1841, called the
State Road class, which belonged to the Orwell Circuit, and con-
sisted of thirteen members, with John Barnes as leader. Two
years later the class had twenty members and thirteen probationers,
with Ezekiel B. Mintz leader. Ezra M. Payne was appointed
leader in 1848. In 1852 the class became a part of Le Raysville
Circuit, and William Bowker was leader. There had been some
agitation, covering a number of years, relative to building a
church, which aroused not a little opposition, as some objected
to the domination of our form of episcopal government. On
November 11, 1852, Zophar Piatt deeded a piece of ground from
his farm to the "trustees in trust for the use of the Methodist
Episcopal Church at East Herrick." The trustees named in the
deed were J. C. Barnes, William Bowker, and Orillany Stevens.
Should the property cease to be used for religious purposes by the
Methodist church the land reverts to the grantor. A comfortable
church was soon erected, which was thoroughly repaired in 1878,
and reopened on Tuesday, October 15, of that year. Rev. S. F.
Brown preached in the morning and Rev. D. C. Barnes in the
J. C. Barnes and William Bowker and their families have been
very important factors in the history of the class. Among others
which might be mentioned are the Warners, Platts, and Pratts.
D. C. Barnes, N. W. Barnes, and G. O. Beers have gone from
this church into the ministry. Julius A. Bowker was an official
here many years, having served as trustee, steward, class leader,
and Sunday school superintendent.
Herrick. The introduction of Methodism to this place was
largely through the efforts of Hon. George Landon. He was a
member of New England Conference, and while serving the church
in Springfield, Mass., did considerable work in the lecture field.
Overwork superinduced throat trouble, which led him to abandon
the work of the ministry. In 1849 he came to this place and bought
a farm, which he has very materially improved. He secured Meth-
odist preachers who conducted services in this place, preaching in
barns, private houses, and schoolhouses. At one time he was a
Standing Stone, Pa. 785
member of this Conference and presiding elder of the Wyalusing
District. The majority of his neighbors were members of the
Presbyterian Church, and, not many years after he settled there,
proposed to build a church near his home. The church was built,
and dedicated by the Presbyterians, but with the understanding
that the Methodists were to have the use of it. With the exception
of a few years, when the Methodists were excluded, the services
have alternated between the two denominations, and perfect har-
mony prevails. David Armstrong has been identified with the
class from its earliest history, and has served it as leader and
steward. He is now over ninety-one years of age.
Standing Stone. The church, which is the oldest on the charge
except the one at East Herrick, is located midway between Rum-
merfield and Standing Stone. The society is incorporated as "The
First Methodist Episcopal Church of Standing Stone." The char-
ter was granted on August 1, 1859, and George Van Nest, Alanson
Taylor, William A. Benedict, I. W. Van Nest, Addison Taylor,
William McCabe, and John G. Towner were the trustees named.
The petitioners for a charter were George Van Nest, David King,
Henry Fisher, C. S. Lafferty, Levi Whipple, Bartley Dunn, Isaac
H. Van Nest, I. M. Van Nest, Ira Thetga, George E. Van Nest,
Myron Van Nest, J. J. Van Nest, Isaac Huff, Isaac W. Van Nest,
Moses Canfield, John Bishop, Thomas Vought, Alanson Taylor,
Albert Lentz, A. W. Taylor, and C. F. Roberts. The church was
dedicated on Saturday, August 23, 1856, Rev. George Landon
preaching in the morning and Rev. J. L. Staples in the evening.
Mr. Landon was an ardent abolitionist, and so freely voiced his
sentiments in his sermon as to thoroughly stir the community.
The class belonged to the Rome Circuit until the formation of
Herrick charge in 1870, when it became a part of that charge.
Alanson Taylor was class leader about 1870. After a few years
he was succeeded by David S. Van Nest, who still holds that po-
sition. The church has struggled against antagonistic elements,
and at times seemed discouraged. In February, 1903, a revival
trebled the membership, and gave courage to all.
Lime Hill was an appointment of the circuit at the formation
of the charge. At that time it was a thrifty class, led by Charles
Sumner. Mr. Sumner was from Methodist stock, and his family
early united with the Church of their fathers. Camp meetings
were held several seasons in a grove upon his farm. In 1882 a
church was built. Some of the class favored the enterprise, while
others opposed it. "It was dedicated as a union church, which
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was very unfortunate for the peace and unity of all concerned."
Such serious dissension arose that the pastor dropped the
appointment in 1883, and transferred the members to the Camp-
Herrickville. During the pastorate of 1887-90 biweekly Sunday
evening services were conducted in the Wesleyan Methodist
church. A small class was organized, composed largely of the
members of the Grove Schoolhouse appointment, which had been
discontinued. The use of the church was not pleasantly accorded,
and the society was urged to build a chapel of its own. After
some years the work started. Judson J. Barnes deeded the society
a lot in 1892. "A charter was obtained according to the plan of
the Church Extension Society, which had granted a donation of
$250." Judson J. Barnes, A. H. Struppler, and E. N. Brown were
the first trustees, who, with John C. Beardsley constituted the
building committee. The church cost $1,900, $400 of which was
raised on the day of dedication, January 26, 1893. Rev. W.
Treible preached the dedicatory sermon and conducted the dedi-
catory service. It has always been an evening appointment; con-
sequently the society has usually joined the Wesleyans in a tmion
Keen Summit was a part of Rome Circuit until it came to this
circuit in 1902. The church is situated about three and a half
miles north of the Standing Stone church upon high ground, and
its spire can be seen many miles. It was built in 1874. Mr. John
A. Keen offered the society a lot and $1,000 toward the erection
of a church. Mr. Keen, though not a member of the church, took
an active part in directing the building of the church. It cost
about $2,000, and was dedicated on November 15, 1884, by Rev.
H. M. Crydenwise. In 1891 Keen Summit was constituted a
charge, with Rev. S. F. Wright as pastor. During the next year
or two there were no services held there, but finally the society
was attached to Rome Circuit. The class has fifteen members and
1870, P. R. Tower; 1871, King Elwell; 1872-73, T. F. John-
son; 1874-76, G. L. Wilhams; 1877-79, W. Keatley; 1880-82, J. R.
Angell; 1883, E. N. Sabin; 1884-86, W. R. Netherton; 1887-90,
J. C. Johnson; 1891-95, J. B. Davis; 1896-98, I. B. Wilson; 1899,
James Schofield; 1900-01, Isaac Jenkins; 1902-03, Carl Council-
Candor, N. Y. 787
Candor, N. Y.
Revs. John Griffing and George Densmore and other ministers
held services in this section some years before the meeting was
held at the house of Jared Smith in 1827, at which time the class
was formally organized. The following were constituent members:
Judge Samuel Barager, James Smith, Thomas Hewitt, George
Hubbard, A. Hubbard, Jared Smith, and their wives, Mrs. Hannah
Gilbert, and Mrs. Asaph Colburn. Thomas Hewitt was the leader.
Hiram Grant and wife either joined at that time or soon after.
CANDOR CHURCH [photo]
The following quotation is somewhat explanatory of the above:
"In the fall of 1826, when Hiram G. Warner and William D.
Overfield were on the Spencer Circuit, a series of meetings was
held at the Red Schoolhouse, about two miles below Candor vil-
lage. Rev. Thomas Hewitt, a well-known local preacher, did much
in promoting the work. Overfield preached and Hewitt exhorted;
a blessed revival resulted. A class was formed, of which Moses
Darling was made the leader. From this point the work of revival
extended northward to Candor village, and it was deemed ad-
visable to form a new class in or near the village. This was done
by Brother Hewitt, at the house of Brother Jared Smith, where
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the Methodist preachers have found a 'prophet's chamber' and a
hearty welcome ever since."
The first services were held in a schoolhouse which stood where
the residence of Chester Johnson afterward stood. The society-
was incorporated in 1831, in the schoolhouse named above. The
first church was built on the site of the present one, on land which
was given to the society by Daniel Hart, the land reverting should
it at any time cease to be used for church purposes. There is a
tradition that the church was dedicated by Bishop McKendree,
and therefore is called the McKendree Methodist Episcopal
Church. The church cost $2,000 and was built about 1832. Meth-
odism thrived amid opposition, and in 1834 Candor appeared
among the appointments, having been a part of Spencer Circuit
prior to this time.
In 1840 Rev. William Wyatt was sent to Candor. Here is his
description of the charge: "There was plenty of sea room, all
that could be desired for healthy exercise in the pastoral work.
The eastern hills, along whose skirts we found work to do, are
now in Berkshire and Newark appointments. The south, along
the eastern branch of the Owego Creek, is now embraced in
Flemingrille. The southwest, along the valley of the Irish set-
tlement, where we preached once in two weeks, and sometimes
much oftener, now belongs to Tioga Center and West Barton.
The extreme western boundary of the town, visited by us fort-
nightly, now belongs to Spencer. The northern line of appoint-
ments is now in South and West Danby. Fairfield and Shindagon
have been merged into Caroline and Slaterville stations. I
preached twice every Sabbath at Candor Corners, and then spread
myself out thin enough to cover all this territory that now goes
to make up, in whole or in part, ten distinct charges."
At a place over the mountain called Honeypot, or Fairfield,
Rev. Mr. Wyatt's labors were blessed by an extensive revival,
about one hundred being converted. He also held a series of
meetings in the Red Schoolhouse about two miles below Candor
village, which was very successful. William J. and Charles Judd
were among the converts. About two hundred found Christ dur-
ing the meetings. He also preached at the White Schoolhouse
regularly, and at Wilseyville.
In January and February, 1845, one hundred and thirteen were
received on probation, and in 1848 from sixty to seventy were
received. Extraordinary seasons of refreshing were enjoyed in
1851-52, 1865, 1871-72, 1893-94, and 1898.
In 1852 the church was extensively repaired, toward which Mr.
Candor, N. Y. 789
Jerome Thompson gave $500. The present church cost $10,000,
and was dedicated on February 27, 1867. Rev. B. I. Ives
preached morning and evening. During the day $3,600 was
raised to fully provide for the cost of the building. In 1880 $750
was spent in repairs and decorating the interior of the church.
In 1883 a debt of $1,500, which had stood some time, was can-
celed. The bell, costing $190, was purchased in 1892. In 1902
$800 was expended in building a place for an organ and making
other needed repairs. During the year a two-manual pipe organ,
costing $2,000, the gift of E. A. Wands, H. D. Heath, and J. P.
Fiebig, was put in the church. In 1903 Mr. Fiebig installed pipes
and fixtures for gas at a cost of $450.
For many years the parsonage was two doors south of the
church. It was sold, and a house and lot adjoining the church
property on the north was bought.
Candor now has no out-appointment. The following had
been preaching places until they were dropped or set off to other
charges: Gridleyville, Irish Settlement (Straits Corners), Perry-
ville (Prospect Valley), Wilseyville, Hoyt Settlement (Pleasant
Valley), South Candor, Hubbardtown, and Catatonk, the last-
named having been dropped quite recently.
A Sunday noon class has been in existence since the organiza-
tion of the charge. James Smith led this class a long time prior
to 1861, since which time Stephen Herrick has been the leader.
A Tuesday night class was sustained many years, of which
Hiram Ward was the leader about twenty-five years.
Harry Ward served as choir leader twenty-five years without
remuneration, and Charles Fiebig led the choir thirteen years
just prior to 1902.
In the early years of the Sunday school Hiram Ward was
longest in service as superintendent. Later William Hubbard
served twenty-one years, since which time several efficient parties
have served shorter terms.
Candor has been called "Saints' Rest" because a number of our
superannuated preachers settled there for the sunset of their lives.
Gaylord Judd, Asa Brooks, Jasper Hewitt, Rodney S. Rose, and
David Personeus went to their reward from this place, and their
bodies lie in the village cemetery. Rev. S. E. Walworth is living
there now, also Rev. A. G. Bloomfield, and Rev. Mr. Manns, of the
Central New York Conference.
Long before the organization of the Epworth League Rev. L.
Peck had a flourishing young people's society here.
The Candor auxiliary of the Woman's Foreign Missionary
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Society was the first one formed on the district, and was organized
by Rev. C. W. Judd in 1869, his wife being the first president.
It has contributed $931 to the work, besides boxes sent to India,
China, and Japan.
1834-35, Gaylord Judd; 1836, L. Mumford; 1837-38, J. B. Ben-
ham; 1839, Isaac Parks; 1840-41, W. Wyatt; 1842, Abel Barker;
1843-44, Darius Simons; 1845, L. G. Weaver; 1846, H. F. Rowe;
1847-48, V. M. Coryell; 1849-50, William Round; 1851-52, E.
Owen; 1853-54, A. Brooks; 1855-56, D. C. Olmstead; 1857-58,
J. K. Peck; 1859, F. S. Chubbuck, W. B. Kinney; 1860-61, C. V.
Arnold; 1862, E. F. Roberts; 1863-64, J. Miller; 1865, W. P.
Abbott; 1866-68, L. C. Floyd; 1869-70, J. L. Wells; 1871-72,
G. H. Blakeslee; 1873-74, N. S. Reynolds; 1875-76, L. Peck;
1877-79, J. C. Brainard; 1880-81, O. M. Martin; 1882-84, M. E.
Bramhall; 1885, J. D. Belknap; 1886-88, H. Williston; 1889-92,
W. W. Smith; 1893-95, G- O. Beers; 1896-99, T. R. Warnock;
1900-03, C. P. Tiffany.
Danby, N. Y.
Nathaniel Wyatt was the pioneer of Methodism in this section
of country. We quote from his son, Rev. William Wyatt: "When
my father returned to the States [from Canada], and settled in
Danby, as in Fostertown on the Hudson, and in Canada, so here
he found no Methodism, no society, no church, no religious meet-
ings. His first work was to see what could be done for the Lord
and Methodism. He mounted a horse and rode forty miles down
the Cayuga Lake, in the bounds of the New York Conference,
which then embraced the whole of New York State, Pennsylvania,
New England, and Canada, and found Peter Van Est, presiding
elder of Cayuga District. He sent him Asa Cummings and
Thomas Wright, who were on the Scipio Circuit, and he, Asa
Cummings, organized the class in my father's house, consisting
of six members — Nathaniel Wyatt, leader; Amy Wyatt, Rachel
Barnum, whose husband was killed in the War of the Revolution;
Fanny and Clarissa Everest, two maiden ladies, sisters, who lived
about a mile and a half south of my father's house (these women
used to walk six and a half miles to Ithaca, ten or fifteen years
later, with a pail of butter, and sell it for six and a quarter cents
a pound); and Mrs. Anna Mead, who lived three miles west, over
on the Inlet. These were the six members in the first class formed
in Tompkins County. [This must have been in 1809, as that is
the year Mr. Cummings was on Scipio Circuit.] This was some
Danby, N. Y. 791
time before there was any Methodist organization in Ithaca, and
for twenty years thereafter there was preaching in his house. This
was the great center of Methodism in all that section of country.
Here they came for their quarterly meetings thirty and forty miles
around, which were held in the woods, and, when too cold, in my
father's old log barn, warmed with large kettles filled with char-
coal, such as were used in boiling sap."
Nathaniel Wyatt was converted in 1784, under the labors of
Freeborn Garrettson. At first the meetings in his house were
thinly attended, but later his house was packed. At the organiza-
tion of Spencer Circuit Danby became a part of it, and remained
so until 1831, when Danby became a charge. "The ark was now
taken from Mr. Wyatt's house to the schoolhouse at Danby Four
Corners. Before the end of this Conference year a church was
built." In 1832 a great revival swept through the community, as
a result of which the pastor baptized and received into the church
seventy converts in one day.
The building was quite thoroughly repaired in 1856, and again
in 1885, at which time $1,226 was expended. The church was
reopened on October 27, 1885. Rev. R. W. Van Schoick preached
from John v, 2-4. Rev. H. M. Crydenwise managed the finances
and conducted the dedicatory service. At this service $600 was
raised to fully provide for the repairs.
In 1855 the charge had four preaching places — Danby, Jersey
Hill, Morris Chapel, and a schoolhouse four miles below Morris
Chapel, near Wilseyville. The last is discontinued.
J. Wise has served about fifty years as steward, class leader,
and Sunday school superintendent.
A camp meeting was held in Rev. Moses King's woods about
seventy years ago. At that time Moses King, Simeon Coon,
Daniel Atwell, Mr. Fuller, and Henry France were local preachers
on the charge.
Revs. William Wyatt, Levi Pitts, O. P. Legg, Stephen Elwell,
F. A. King, C. Sweet, and E. N. Sabin have gone from this
church into the ministry.
Mr. Franklin Grant led the choir of this church forty years, and
his wife was organist thirty-five years.
The society celebrated its semicentennial in 1882, at which time
Rev. Asa Brooks preached an historical sermon.
The parsonage was purchased about sixty-five years ago.
Morris Chapel is four miles east of Danby. We have failed to
secure anything concerning its history.
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Jersey Hill is a schoolhouse appointment two and a half miles
west of Danby. The class was formed in a log schoolhouse by
Levi Pitts and Rev. A. Johnson about sixty-five years ago.
Preaching services are held biweekly, and the Sunday school
operates during the warm months only.
1831, Morgan Sherman; 1832-33, H. Colburn; 1834, G. W.
Densmore; 1835-36, J. B. Benham; 1837-38, Ahira Johnson;
1839, D. H. Kingsley, G. Judd, sd.; 1840, Robert Everdell, G.
Judd, sd.; 1841-42, James Atwell; 1843, B. D. Sniflfen, Peter
Compton; 1844, B. D. Sniffen; 1845, S. Mineer; 1846, Moses
Adams; 1847-48, King Elwell; 1849-50, B. Ellis; 1851, O. M.
McDowall, B. Ellis; 1852, O. M. McDowall; 1853, L. Pitts, B.
ElHs; 1854, R. Van Valkenburg; 1855, A. Brooks; 1856, A.
Brooks, B. Ellis; 1857-58, D. C. Olmstead; 1859-60, J. M. Snyder;
1861-62, W. B. Kinney; 1863-64, W. W. Welch; 1865-66, W.
Keatley; 1867, King Elwell; 1868-69, P. Holbrook; 1870, A. D.
Alexander; 1871, E. F. Roberts; 1872-73, R. Hiorns; 1874-76,
S. B. Keeney; 1877-78, E. Sibley; 1879-81, G. L. Williams; 1882-
83, E. P. Eldridge; 1884-85, F. A. Chapman; 1886, N. S. De Witt;
1887-88, I. J. Smith; 1889-91, S. B. Keeney; 1892-94, J. R. Allen;
1895-98, L. P. Howard; 1899-1900, A. F. Brown; 1901-03, S. D.
Flemingville, N. Y.
The first preaching service held on this charge was at the home
of Daniel Ferguson, situated near the creek at North Owego.
Subsequently there was an appointment at a schoolhouse in Park's
Settlement, and another at a schoolhouse located on Ezekiel
Mead's farm. Some time after this the appointment was moved
to the Flemingville schoolhouse, which was situated on the op-
posite side of the road from the present church, where services
were held many years. This territory was a part of Tioga Circuit,
and at the organization of Speedsville Circuit in 1831 became a
part of it and remained there until the Flemingville charge was
formed in 1837.
The Flemingville class was organized about 1811, with David
Fleming and Thomas Stockey as leaders, and Mrs. David Fleming,
David Darling and wife, Richard Searles and wife, Walter Her-
rick, Minerva Herrick, Patty Brink, Elisha and Freelove Forsythe,
and Mrs. Parks were members of the class. Captain David
Fleming was leader more than thirty years.
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During the summers of 1823 and 1824 camp meetings were held
in the woods belonging to David Fleming which resulted in many
additions to the class. In 1833 a camp meeting was held about
one half mile north of the church. Rev. Marmaduke Pearce con-
ducted the meeting, which was one of great power. The influence
of the meeting was felt in all that section. As a result two series of
revival services were held during the following winter, one in the
Flemingville schoolhouse, and the other in the schoolhouse at
McLain Settlement. A great many were brought into the kingdom
of our Lord.
One result of this wonderful revival was a church enterprise.
At a meeting of the society held on March 4, 1834, at which Rev.
A. Wood presided and Walter Herrick acted as clerk, "The First
Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church in Flemingville" was
incorporated, and George Mead, Peter Joslin, Robert Cole, Robert
Fleming, Johnson Anderson, James Ireland, Asa Phelps, John
Grimes, and Luther Stone were elected trustees. During the fol-
lowing winter Walter Herrick was elected trustee in place of Peter
Joslin, and Captain David Fleming in place of Luther Stone. The
church was built in the summer of 1834, costing $1,559-75, and
was dedicated by Rev. H. Agard, the presiding elder. The lot
upon which the church was built was deeded to the society on
March 11, 1836, by David Fleming, in consideration of $100. It
is understood, however, that Mr. Fleming gave one half and John
D. Weed the other half of the purchase price of the lot. On
Thursday, June 30, 1870, after an expenditure of $3,000, by which
the church was moved nearer the road and virtually made over,
the church was reopened. Revs. H. R. Clarke and B. I. Ives being
the preachers of the day. In 1895 $200 was expended in improv-
ing the church, and in 1897 $260.
On October 28, 1856, Larnard Legg and wife Esther deeded
the society a quarter of an acre of land upon which there was a
store building. The society paid $225 for this property, and with-
out monetary expense, as the pastor and people did the work, the
building was converted into a parsonage. In 1862 the house was
enlarged and repaired. The barn was built in 1858 or 1859. In
1891 this property was sold for $425, and on May 16, 1891, Mrs.
Margaret Barrett deeded the society its present parsonage lot as
a gift, upon which the house was built, costing $1,576.
When the charge was formed it included Flemingville, South
Fairfield, Anderson Hill, McLain Settlement, and West Newark.
The appointments now are the first three named, with Wade
Hollow and the County Poorhouse. The McLain Settlement
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class was formed in 1834, with Robert Cole leader. A class was
formed at West Newark in 1831, with Isaac Bunnell leader, and
in February, 1876, another class was formed at the same place,
with George H. Bothwith leader. A class was formed at Lisle
Road, in April, 1866, with John Brougham leader.
This charge gave local preacher's license to J. M. Grimes, Ed-
ward Mory, J. R. Allen, S. B. Mead, and L. P. Howard, and
recommended J. M. Grimes, Andrew Burhyte, L. P. Howard,
Levi Jennison, E. A. Quimby, and Carl Councilman to the Con-
ference for admission.
In the sixties the charge received an allowance from the Mis-
The years 1843, 1850-51, 1857. 1869-71, 1872-73, 1874, and
1881 were good revival seasons.
Anderson Hill class was formed in 1830, with David Darling
leader. The society became incorporated as "The Trustees of
the Methodist Episcopal Church of Anderson Hill," on January
30, 1860, and elected Levi Andrews, Stephen Anderson, Theron
D. Kyle, Augustus J. Eaton, and Charles C. Howard trustees. On
March 17, 1860, in consideration of $10, Stephen Anderson deeded
the society one third of an acre of land. The church, which cost
about $1,200, was dedicated on August 9, 1860. Rev. J. J. Pearce
preaching in the morning and Rev. N. Rounds, D.D., in the
Fairfield class was organized in 1830, with Augustus Lake
leader. On May 16, 1900, the society became incorporate as "The
Methodist Episcopal Church of Lower Fairfield," and elected
J. L. Downing, W. Daggett, J. C. Larcom, Theodore Henderson,
D. W. Daly, and L. A. Law trustees. On June 2, 1900, Alfred
Dennis and wife Mary E. deeded the society half an acre of land
as a gift. The church, which cost $2,000, was dedicated on April
1837-38, G. Judd; 1839, W. Wyatt; 1840, E. P. Beecher; 1841-
42, John Griffing; 1843, B. Ellis; 1844-45, Peter Compton; 1846,
L. Pitts; (1847-48, with Speedsville;) 1847, J- Jamison, O. L.
Torry; 1848, J. Whitham, H. Pilbeam; 1849, J- Whitham; 1850-
51, J. W. Hewitt; 1852, Seth Curtis; 1853, John Mulkey; 1854,
H. T. Avery; 1855, W. Smith; 1856-57, J. W. Hewitt; 1858-59,
A. W. Loomis; 1860-61, T. Burgess; 1862-63, S. G. Stevens;
1864-65, R. S. Rose; 1866, R. Hiorns; 1867, George Pritchett;
Harford, N. Y. 795
1868, W. L. Fessenden; 1869-71, S. B. Keeney; 1872-73, J. K.
Peck; 1874, J. H. Boyce; 1875-77, S. W. Lindsley; 1878-79, N. S.
De Witt; 1880, H. G. Blair; 1881-83, O. P. Legg; 1884, C. Sweet;
1885-87, C. D. Shepard; 1888-90, I. B. Wilson; 1891-92, N. W.
Barnes; 1893, S. H. Flory; 1894-95, E. A. Ouimby; 1896-98, C.
Councilman; 1899-1900, S. D. Galpin; 1901-02, A. F. Brown;
Harford, N. Y.
There are four preaching places on this charge — Harford, Har-
ford Mills, Hunt's Corners, and Michigan Hill. We have been
able to secure but meager information concerning the various
points on the charge.
In 1856 land was purchased of Messrs. Burlingame and Tyler,
upon which the church was erected. In the summer of 1882 the
church was raised, a basement constructed, tower erected, audi-
torium newly lathed, plastered, and tinted, building painted, new
windows, pews, platform, pulpit, and other furniture put in, at a
total cost of $1,400. The Ladies' Aid Society contributed $200 in
cushions, carpet, matting, etc. The total cost was provided for on
the day of reopening.
The parsonage is located at Harford, and was built in 1874,
Harford Mills. The church here was built in 1893, at a cost of
$1,600. The building has memorial windows, among them one
to Alfred Davis, who led the choir more than twenty-five years.
The church was dedicated on Thursday, January 11, 1894, Rev.
G. M. Colville preaching at 10:30 a. m. and 2 p. m. Rev. Wilson
Treible conducted the dedicatory service at the close of the after-
Hunt's Corners society worships in a union church.
Michigan Hill is a schoolhouse appointment.
1869, A. J. Lent; 1870, J. H. Taylor; 1871, J. M. Grimes; 1872-
73, A. B. Eckert; 1874-76, Z. Evans; 1877-79, H. G. Blair; 1S80,
C. H. Basford; 1881-83, L. P. Howard; 1884-86, O. P. Legg;
1887, L. W. Peck; 1888, Z. Evans; 1889, J. W. Lyon; 1890-92,
S. D. Galpin; 1893-97, I- C. Estes; 1898-99, S. H. Flory; 1900-02,
S. B. Keeney; 1903, A. F. Brown.
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HORNBROOK AND GHENT, Pa.
The class at Hornbrook was organized in 1857 by Rev. J. Whit-
ham, and the church, costing $2,500, was built in 1862, on ground
donated by W. K. Hill. It was repaired in 1871, again in 1893 at
a cost of $850, and again in 1900 at a cost of $800. The Epworth
League furnished the organ and pulpit furniture, and the Ladies'
Aid Society bought the carpet and also gave $100 toward the
In 1894 the present parsonage was built, costing $1,800. The
lot was bought of J. Chaffee for $75.
At the time the class was organized Lewis Gillette was made
Ghent. A Sunday school was organized here in 1850, with
D. Gillette superintendent, and it is very probable that preaching
services were established some years before. The church was
built in 1871, costing $2,100. It was built on land donated by
Daniel Bidlack, and was dedicated on Thursday, Decernber 14,
1871, by Rev. D. D. Lindsley. In 1847 this place was a part of
Union Corners class was organized in 1851 by Isaac Towner,
and the Sunday school was organized the same year, with J. B.
Smith superintendent. The site for the church was purchased of
Jeremiah Kilmer for $75, and the church built in 1895, costing
$2,000. The bell is the gift of H. L. Horton, of New York city.
The Ladies' Aid Society contributed $300 toward the enterprise.
The church was dedicated by Rev. A. Griffin.
North Ghent class was formed in 1880 by Rev. S. F. Wright,
and the Sunday school was organized at the same time, with A.
Dingman superintendent. The site was donated by Henry
Manold, and the church, which cost $2,000, was built in 1880,
and dedicated on Thanksgiving Day of that year by Rev. Y C
During the winter before the church was built an extensive
revival was held, led by a praying band and the Athens pastor. In
1900 another revival greatly strengthened the society.
1868-69, W. H. Gavitt; 1870-71, J. B. Santee; 1872-73, G. L.
Williams; 1874-75, J- B. Davis; 1876-78, S. Earner; 1879-81, S. F.
Wright; 1882, H. G. Blair; 1883-85, L. Peck; 1886-88, S. B.
Le Raysville, Pa. 797
Keeney; 1889-92, P. M. Mott; 1893-95, N. W. Barnes; 1896-98,
G. O. Beers; 1899-1903, L. P. Howard.
Le Raysville, Pa.
This charge is the remnant of the Pike Circuit, which was
formed in 1828 from the eastern portion of the Wyalusing Circuit.
The first parsonage in all this country was built in 1815 or 1816
about a half mile above Stevensville.
Le Raysville charge has three preaching places — Le Raysville,
Prattville, and South Warren. The site for the Le Raysville
church was donated by Rev. Mr. Hodge, a local preacher living
in the place at the time the church was built. After extensive
repairs the church was reopened on Wednesday, December 29,
1871, by Rev. B. I. Ives.
The parsonage was built in 1888, costing $1,700.
Prattville church was reopened on Wednesday, March 21, 1866,
after an expenditure of $1,200 in repairs. Rev. William Wyatt
preached the sermon, and $500 was raised during the day to fully
provide for repairs.
South Warren church was reopened on Wednesday, October 24,
1877, after extensive repairs. Rev. I. T. Walker preached at 11
A. M., and Rev. S. W. Weiss at 7 p. m.
(Pike Circuit 1828-49, Le Raysville 1850 to date:) 1828-29,
supply; 1830, James Hodge; 1831, J. Towner; 1832, E. Bibbins;
1833-34, S. H. Stocking; 1835-36, G. Evans; 1837-38, B. ElHs;
1839-40, D. Torry; 1841, W. Dean; 1842, King Elwell; 1843, M.
Ruger; 1844, S. B. Yarrington, N. S. De Witt; 1845, J. R. Bos-
well; 1846, Peter Compton, S. L. Brown; 1847, P. Compton;
1848-49, G. H. Blakeslee; 1850, P. Bartlett; 1851, P. Bartlett, R.
Van Valkenburg; 1852, John Mulkey; 1853, J. Towner, Charles
White; 1854, L D. Warren; 1855, L D. Warren, D. Thomson;
1856, F. S. Chubbuck, J. Whitham; 1857, T. J. W. Sullivan; 1858,
A. Jones; 1859, A. R. Jones; 1860-61, E. F. Roberts; 1862-63,
E. W. Breckinridge; 1864-66, G. R. Hair; 1867-68, A. Brigham;
1869-71, S. E. Walworth; 1872-74, S. Elwell; 1875-76, P. Hol-
brook; 1877-79, J- R- Angell; 1880-82, L. Peck; 1883-85, H. B.
Cook; 1886-87, S. F. Wright; 1888, D. D. King; 1889-91, R. M.
Pascoe; 1892, B. B. Keefer; 1893, J. B. Santee; 1894-95, T. R.
Warnock; 1896-98, E. A. Quimby; 1899-1903, G. O. Beers.
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The early days of this charge are lost in the obscurity of the
annals of Tioga Circuit. Subsequently it formed a part of Barton
Circuit. It is claimed that it was with Nichols and Hornbrook in
later times. Litchfield appeared among the appointments in 1851.
In 1853 the church at Litchfield, costing about $2,000 was built
on land which was given from the McKinney farm, and was
dedicated on November 3, Rev. O. M. McDowall preaching in
the afternoon and Rev. J. Towner in the evening. On October 20,
1886, after an outlay of $2,500, by which the church was practi-
cally made anew, it was reopened, Rev. R. W. Van Schoick preach-
ing in the morning and Rev. H. M. Crydenwise in the evening.
About 1858 the society bought the Henry Goble house for a
parsonage. In 1894 the old property was sold and the present
house built, at a cost of $1,500.
Athens was with Litchfield in 1867.
Windham Summit is three miles east of Litchfield, and the
class was formed about 1858. A union church was built about
this time, costing $1,800. The church was modernized and im-
proved in 1902, at a cost of $600, and rededicated on August 28,
by Rev. H. H. Dresser.
Brink Hill Schoolhouse is three miles southwest of Litchfield
and the society here was organized about 1858.
Mount Pleasant Schoolhouse is three miles north of Litchfield,
and the class was formed about 1860.
Vawter Schoolhouse is three miles southeast of Litchfield, and
the class became a part of this charge in 1890 or 1891.
1851, J. Towner; 1852, _____; 1853, S. Earner; 1854-55, W. B.
Kinney; 1856, _____; 1857, J. Whitham; 1858, I. P. Towner; 1859-
60, J. W. Hewitt; 1861, N. B. Marcy; 1862-63, P- G. Bridgeman;
1864-65, F. S. Chubbuck; 1866, P. Krohn; 1867-68, W. M. Hiller;
1869, D. Personeus; 1870-71, T. J. Johnson; 1872, James Mullen;
1873, C. F. Olmstead; 1874-75, R. Southworth; 1876-77, E. N.
Sabin; 1878-80, L. P. Howard; 1881, H. G. Blair; 1882-83, F. A.
Chapman; 1884-86, C. H. Jewell; 1887-89, S. D. Galpin; 1890-91,
J. W. Lyon; 1892, B. B. Carruth; 1893-94, C. Sweet; 1895-96,
S. E. Hunt; 1897-98, A. F. Brown; 1899-1900, P. F. Mead; 1901-
02, E. N. Kline; 1903, supply.
Little Meadows, Pa. 799
Little Meadows, Pa.
It is claimed that Methodist itinerants visited this locality as
early as 1809. John Griffing is said to have organized the class.
As he was on Tioga Circuit in 1814 and again in 1818-19 it might
have been in either of these years. The first class consisted of
John Brown, Winthrop Collins, Charles Nichols, Benjamin
Buffum, and their wives. John Clifford and wife joined soon after
organization, and he became leader of the class, remaining in the
office many years. The ordinary meetings of the society were
held in private houses, but the quarterly meetings were sometimes
held in a carding mill.
At a meeting of the society, held on March 25, 1844, at which
John Clifford presided and Jacob Barton acted as secretary, the
society resolved to build a church and elected the following trus-
tees: John Clifford, Jacob Barton, Asahel Graves, Howard
Kimble, Abel Merrill, Stephen Burton, and Obadiah B. Haight.
The court granted a charter on August 20, 1844, which was re-
corded on April 10, 1845. The church was built in 1845 at a
probable cost of $1,000. It was repaired in 1862, at which time
the bell was purchased, and reopened on Tuesday, January 14,
1862, Rev. G. H. Blakeslee preaching in the morning and Rev.
A. H. Schoonmaker in the afternoon. In 1873 the building was
repaired at a cost of $500. In 1884 the church was rebuilt and
modernized at an expense of $2,050, and was rededicated on
October 31, 1884, Rev. W. H. Olin, D.D., preaching in the morn-
ing and Rev. A. L. Smalley in the evening.
In 1888 the old parsonage was sold and a house rented for a
while. In 1891 the present parsonage lot was purchased and $675
secured on subscription toward building a house. The house was
built in 1892, costing $1,400.
The territory of this charge formed a part of Vestal Circuit
prior to the creation of Little Meadows charge in 1857. In 1869
the charge comprised Little Meadows, Warren, South Owego,
Apalachin, and three other preaching places.
Warren Center. Tradition says that Methodism began its work
here about 1825. The class was organized in 1848, Rev. G. H.
Blakeslee being preacher in charge and Rev. D. C. Olmstead
junior preacher. They were on Pike Circuit this year. Services
were held in a schoolhouse prior to the building of the church in
1874. The church, which cost $3,500 was dedicated on Wednes-
day, January 20, 1875. Rev. D. D. Lindsley preached in the
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morning on "Christ the power and wisdom of God." After the
sermon he asked for $800, and secured $1,100. In the evening Rev.
J. O. Woodruff preached on the theme "The Monuments God's
People Erect to Commemorate His Goodness." After the sermon
$100 was raised with which to buy an organ.
1857, I. P. Towner; 1858-59, E. Sibley; 1860, N. B. Marcy;
1861-62, A. C. Sperry; 1863-64, L D. Warren; 1865, A. Brooks;
1866-68, C. E. Taylor; 1869-70, A. Brooks; 1871, G. W. Rey-
nolds; 1872-74, W. Keatley; 1875, H. A. Blanchard; 1876-77,
N. S. De Witt; 1878-80, M. E. Bramhall; 1881-83, W. R. Coch-
rane; 1884-86, D. C. Barnes; 1887-90, G. C. Jacobs; 1891, H. N.
Van Deusen; 1892-93, H. L. Ellsworth; 1894-97, J. S. Custard;
1898-1900, W. H. Stang; 1901-03, L. E. Van Hoesen.
Lockwood, N. Y.
The territory of this charge was on the Spencer Circuit in 1844.
Shepherd's Creek charge was formed in 1854, and in 1865 it had
no churches, but had nine schoolhouse appointments. The charge
now does not embrace all the territory it did at that time. In
1871 its name was changed to North Barton, and in 1890 to Lock-
wood. The class at Lockwood was in existence prior to 1844.
The parsonage was built in 1884, at a cost of $1,400.
On June 21, 1886, the society met at Bingham's Hall. Rev. Z.
Evans and D. C. Hagardorn presided, when "The Methodist
Episcopal Church of Lockwood" was incorporated, and Judson
Campbell, Peter V. Bogart,C. H. Coleman, Thomas J. Simcoe,
and Ezra Canfield were elected trustees. The church, which cost
$1,500, was dedicated on Wednesday, November 17, 1886. Rev.
R. W. Van Schoick preached in the afternoon from i Chron.
xxix, 5. At the conclusion of the sermon Father Henry Lyons,
ninety years of age, was received into full membership in the
church. After raising $400 Rev. H. M. Crydenwise conducted
the dedicatory service. Rev. C. D. Shepard preached in the
North Barton. Methodism began here at an early day. On
March 20, 1843, a meeting was held at the house of George W.
Newell, over which B. D. Sniffin and Noah Hanford presided,
when "The First Methodist Episcopal Society in North Barton"
was incorporated, and Christopher E. Hedges, Allen C. Lott,
Mehoopany, Pa. 801
George King, Charles Bingham, and George W. Newell were
The church cost $1,565, and was dedicated Thursday, December
In April, 1886, a ten weeks' revival closed, which resulted in
one hundred and fifteen conversions and over seventy probationers.
1854, O. M. McDowall; 1855, _____; 1856, E. Sibley; 1857-58,
R. S. Rose, V. M. Coryell; 1859, C. V. Arnold; 1860, P. G.
Bridgeman; 1861-62, J. M. Grimes; 1863-64, W. Keatley; 1865-
66, W. M. Hiller; 1867, _____; 1868, George A. J. Lent; 1869, E.
Ketcham; 1870, W. H. Gavitt; 1871-72, J. B. Davis; 1873-74, W.
W. Andrews; 1875-77, J. R. Allen; 1878-79, E. N. Sabin; 1880-82,
N. S. De Witt; 1883-84, C. D. Shepard; 1885-87, Z. Evans; 1888,
C. H. Jewell; 1889-91, J. D. Bloodgood; 1892-94, S. B. Keeney;
1895-96, A. F. Brown; 1897-98, S. A. Terry; 1899-1901, Levi
Jennison; 1902, N. W. Barnes; 1903, supply.
Mehoopany Mission was set off from Wyoming Circuit in 1840.
During the year previous, however. Rev. Oliver Lewis, a local
preacher from Northmoreland, gave this section pastoral oversight,
and traveled the circuit in connection with the other preachers.
Services were in a schoolhouse on Union Hill, until a union chapel
was built on the schoolhouse ground, when the society held its
The ground for the first Methodist Episcopal church in Me-
hoopany was purchased of Daniel Emory for $225. The church,
which cost $1,800, was dedicated on January 9, 1856, and its cost
fully provided for on the day of dedication. A bell, costing
$371.22, was hung in the belfry in 1866, and in 1868 $535-56 was
spent in repairs, and an organ purchased costing $125. The re-
opening occurred on Saturday, November 14, 1868. Rev. D. C.
Olmstead preached in the morning. Rev. L. Peck in the afternoon
and Rev. E. F. Roberts in the evening. In 1890 the building
needed repairs which would cost about $2,000. The church was
located at the lower end of the village, and within a mile of a
church on the Eatonville charge. While contemplating repairs
Judge Love offered to give a lot in the center of the village. Some
exception was taken to the proposition. The district committee
on church location was called, and after careful examination of all
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interests recommended the building of a new church on the pro-
posed lot by Judge Love. Accordingly, the Quarterly Conference
ordered the old property to be sold and the proceeds to be applied
toward building a new church. The new church cost $5,500. The
building is 60x60. On one side of the auditorium is an infant
class room 10x22, and on the other side of the auditorium is a
lecture room 18x28. Both the side rooms can be opened into the
auditorium, increasing its seating capacity from two hundred and
fifty to four hundred. The Ladies' Aid Society carpeted the church
and contributed $125 toward the building fund, and has since
painted it and kept it insured. Mrs. Hester Vose and Mrs. Mary
Vose Fassett presented the pulpit furniture. The dedicatory serv-
ices were held on January 20, 1891, Rev. William Searls, D.D.,
preaching the sermon and Rev. W. Treible conducting the dedi-
catory service. A total of $1,640 was raised during the day.
The present parsonage was built in 1897-98 at a cost of $1,000.
Rev. N. H. Davis, brother of Rev. J. B. Davis, has been an
efficient local preacher here thirty-one years, and Mr. J. T. Jen-
nings has been recording steward a long time.
The charge has been blessed with revivals almost yearly.
The trustees in 1853 were Rev. John Jayne, P. B. Jennings,
Charles Bunnell, Peter Butts, Butler Swetland, G. S. Fassett, and
William H. Barnes.
Forkston. The site for the church was given by Hiram Hitch-
cock, and the first church dedicated on Saturday, December 23,
1854, by Rev. George Landon. While a quarterly meeting was
being held on May 21, 1870, the church was nearly demolished by
a gale. A new church was at once begun which was dedicated on
Wednesday, February 15, 1871, Rev. B. I. Ives preaching in the
morning and Rev. D. C. Olmstead in the evening.
Jenningsville. The site for the church was purchased of Philo
Taylor for $100. The church was built by contract by William
Decker for $1,300, the full amount being provided for on the
day of dedication, The pastor helped draw stone and lay the foun-
dation, and also helped hang the paper on the walls. The pulpit
furniture is the gift of Mrs. G. W. and N. T. Childs.
1840, A. Benjamin; 1841, John Barnes; 1842, H. Pilbeam; 1843,
Thomas Davy; 1844-45, S. L. Brown; 1846, J. Whitham; 1847.
O. F. Morse; 1848; Z. S. Kellogg; 1849, T. D. Walker; 1850, F.
Spencer; 1851-52, F. S. Chubbuck; 1853, A. H. Schoonmaker;
Meshoppen, Pa. 803
1854-55, E. F. Roberts; 1856-57, J. V. Newell; 1858, T. J. W. Sul-
livan; 1859-60, I. P. Towner; 1861-62, J. W. Hewitt; 1863-64,
F. Illman; 1865, F. S. Chubbuck; 1866-67, J- S. Lewis; 1868, J.
Weston, E. F. Roberts; 1869-70, J. Weston; 1871, E. W.
Breckinridge; 1872-74, W. Shelp; 1875-77, G. C. Lyman; 1878-80,
S. Elwell; 1881-83, J. B. Davis; 1884-85, E. N. Sabin; 1886-88,
J. L. Race; 1889-91, A. J. Cook; 1892-94, H. N. Van Deusen;
1895-96½, G. H. Northrup; 1896½-98, James Schofield; 1899-
1901, J. W. Price; 1902-03, E. A. Martin.
The territory of this charge was formerly a part of the Spring-
The first building erected for public worship was built in 1833
on land donated by Hon. Nicholas Overfield (by some writers
called Judge). It was built of brick, situated about one mile above
the mouth of the Meshoppen Creek, and was in the center of a
large territory, the inhabitants of which contributed to its serv-
ices. Paul Overfield, son of Benjamin, and Nicholas Overfield
contributed liberally to the building fund. The building has been
demolished some time.
The first Methodist Episcopal church built in Meshoppen cost
$1,200, and was dedicated on July 20, 1853, by Rev. D. A. Shep-
ard. This was the outgrowth of a great revival in the winter of
1852. The land was donated by Mr. Kizer, who ran a tannery
there at the time. Mr. Henry Elsworth, whose wife was a sister
of Rev. G. C. Lyman's father, gave a large amount of time and
energy to the enterprise. After an expenditure of about $3,000
in rebuilding the church it was reopened on Wednesday, December
11, 1872, Rev. B. L Ives preaching in the morning and Rev. L.
Peck in the evening. In 1883 $543 was spent in repairs, and in
The parsonage, costing about $1,500, was built on the lot ad-
joining the church in 1870.
Russell Hill. "The first preaching at Russell Hill was in the old
schoolhouse situated where Alban H. Russell's barn now stands
." Prior to the building of the church the services were
held in private houses. The church was 40x50, cost $1,400, and
was dedicated on Wednesday, December 25, 1855, at 11 a. m., by
Rev. George Landon. The present church cost $2,000, and was
dedicated on Wednesday, November 3, 1897. Rev. George Forsyth
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preached at 10:30 a. m., Rev. A. Griffin, D.D., at 2:30 p. M., and
Rev. W. Treible in the evening.
A class was formed on "The Neck" in 1815 or 1816; however,
preaching services had been held there and at Carney Flats several
years. In 1815 John Bunnell settled on "The Neck," where Nelson
Bunnell lived in 1880. He was appointed class leader in 1816.
David Jayne and wife, Mrs. John Bunnell, Abraham Vosburg,
William Alden, Jonathan Kellogg, and their wives, and George
Evans (who afterward entered the ministry) were members of
the class. John Bunnell was converted at a camp meeting held on
"The Neck" in the fall of 1815, under the preaching of Rev.
George Lane. Preaching services were maintained at this place
from the organization of the class until 1901, when the class was
consolidated with the Russell Hill class.
Bunnell Hill class worshiped in the schoolhouse many years.
The church, costing $1,200, was dedicated on June 20, 1902, with
sermons by Revs. H. H. Dresser and A. Griffin. The Church Ex-
tension Society made a grant of $75, and a large part of the labor
was contributed. Charles Capwell and H. W. Bacon devoted sev-
eral weeks' time to the enterprise. The sum of $200 was raised
on the day of dedication to fully provide for the building.
Vose was formerly called Kaiserville. The site for the church
was donated by Michael Kaiser, and the church built in 1853, being
dedicated by Rev. D. A. Shepard. In 1893 it was repaired at a cost
1869-70, L. Peck; 1871-73, J. H. Weston; 1874-76, J. S. Lewis;
1877-79, G. Greenfield; 1880-82, G. M. Chamberlain; 1883-85,
J. R. Angel; 1886-87, H. G. Harned; 1888-89, C. H. Sackett;
1890-91, J. B. Santee; 1892-96, R. M. Pascoe; 1897-98, H. L. Ells-
worth; 1899-1900, I. B. Wilson; 1901-03, I. J. Smith.
Newark Valley, N. Y.
As early as 1822 Rev. George Densmore, who was on Chenango
Circuit, visited this place and preached, and in 1824 Rev. L. Grant,
who was on the Caroline Circuit, preached here occasionally. In
1826 Rev. H. P. Barnes, who was on the Caroline Circuit, held
services here occasionally, but as yet no class had been organized.
In 1830-31 Rev. D. A. Shepard, pastor at Berkshire, preached here
regularly, held quarterly meetings in the old townhouse in 1831,
and organized the first class in 1830, which was composed of seven
Newark Valley, N. Y. 805
members — Minerva Collins, Mary Ann Ruey, Munson and Expe-
rience Clark, Miel Dean and wife, and Selecta Williams. To this
number others were added shortly afterward.
On October 6, 1831, the society convened for the purpose of
incorporating. Rev. D. A. Shepard presided, and Rev. Moses
Adams acted as clerk. "The First Society of the Methodist Epis-
copal Church in the Town of Newark" was the title chosen, and
Elisha P. Higbee, Oliver Ruey, Henry WiUiams, Steven Williams,
Seley Benjamin, Elisha Stevens, and George Clinton were elected
The church was built in 1832, and after an expenditure of about
NEWARK VALLEY CHURCH [photo]
$2,000 in enlarging the building it was rededicated on Thursday,
July 21, 1856. Rev. J. T. Peck, D.D., preached morning and even-
ing. He remained over Sunday and occupied the pulpit at both
services. In 1883 additional land was purchased, and prepara-
tions were made for the building of the present church, which cost
$14,000. It was dedicated on March 25, 1885, Rev. L. C. Queal,
D.D., preaching the sermon and Rev. H. M. Crydenwise conduct-
ing the dedicatory service. The bell was purchased in 1890, and
in 1900 several hundred dollars were spent in repairs and improve-
A revival in 1841 resulted in one hundred conversions and in
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1856 eighty-six probationers were received, while in 1875 over
two hundred conversions were reported.
Newark Valley entertained Wyoming Conference in 1858.
In December, 1892, R. W. Clinton, who had been a strong man
NEWARK VALLEY PARSONAGE [photo]
in the church many years, and who had been Sunday school super-
intendent forty years, retired from the position of superintendent.
The parsonage was rebuilt in 1891 at a cost of $1,150.
East Newark is three miles east of Newark Valley. We are un-
able to state when the class here was formed. A Sunday school
was organized in 1848. At a meeting of the society at the school-
house on January 31, 1859, at which Hiram Young and Peter B.
Zimmer presided, the society became incorporated as "The Meth-
odist Episcopal Church of East Newark," and Nicholas Sebastion,
Frederic Saddlemire, Ira Lipe, Ira Settle, John Schoolcraft, and
Adam Schoolcraft were elected trustees. On July 7 of the same
year Peter Settle and wife Sophia, in consideration of $1, deeded
the society nine sixteenths of an acre of ground, upon which a
church costing $1,600 was built. It was dedicated on Thursday,
February 2, 1860, Rev. J. J. Pearce preaching in the morning, Rev.
King Elwell in the afternoon, and Rev. Mr. Kinney in the evening.
In 1875 the building was repaired and improved at a cost of $1,500,
and in 1900 it was again extensively repaired.
The society reincorporated on January 30, 1875, as "The East
Newark Methodist Episcopal Church," and elected Ira Settle, W.
H. Shoultes, L. D. McCullough, John Young, Elias Zimmer, Peter
Settle, and Frederic Saddlemire trustees.
Nichols, N. Y. 807
1832, Moses Adams; 1833, J. T. Peck; 1834-35, H. Colburn;
1836, A. Johnson; 1837-38, M. Ruger; 1839-40, C. W. Giddings;
1841-42, H. F. Rowe; 1843-44, B. Mason; 1845, D. Simons, W. S.
Titus; 1846-47, S. Mineer; 1848-49, H. Colburn; 1850-51, P. S.
Worden; 1852-53, N. S. De Witt; 1854-55, J. W. Davison; 1856-
57, G. H. Blakeslee; 1858-59, O. M. McDowall; 1860-61, N.
Rounds; 1862-63, C. V. Arnold; 1864-66, King Elwell; 1867-68,
L. Cole; 1869-71, J. K. Peck; 1872, C. S. Alexander; 1873, G. H.
Blakeslee; 1874-76, G. Comfort; 1877-78, W. S. Wentz; 1879-81,
W. J. Judd; 1882, H. M. Crydenwise; 1883-85, T. P. Halstead;
1886-89, W. Treible; 1890, C. H. Sackett; 1891-92, F. A. Chap-
man; 1893, A. D. Decker; 1894-98, J. B. Cook; 1899, G. A. Cure;
1900-01, J. C. Leacock; 1902-03, W. L. Thorpe.
Nichols, N. Y.
Nichols was formerly known as Rushville, a name given it by
Dr. G. H. Barstow in honor of Dr. Rush, of Philadelphia. When
it was learned that there was another village in the State bearing
the same name its name was changed to Nichols, in honor of Col-
onel Nichols, the patentee of Nichols' Patent.
William Colbert, in his journal, under date of January 25, 1793,
says: "It was with difficulty that I got through the Narrows on
account of the ice. I preached at one Bennetts', near Mahonto-
wango, with freedom, on I Cor. vi, 19, 20. If any good was done,
to God be all the glory. These people are very willing to hear.
This locality is now known as Nichols, where live the Shoemakers
and Coryells, and has for many years been famous for Metho-
dism." Mahontowango is an Indian name for a flat in Nichols
township. Daniel Shoemaker and Judge Coryell settled here at an
early day, and their families became interested in Methodism.
Rev. V. M. Coryell was a son of the judge.
It is said that Valentine Cook and John Broadhead preached in
this place in 1795, but there seems to have been no society formed
here until 1819, when it was formed by Rev. John Griffing, and
consisted of four persons — Elijah Shoemaker and wife, Daniel
McDowell Shoemaker, and Ann Shoemaker. An appointment