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CHAPTER XV

OWEGO DISTRICT

 

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

 

APALACHIN CHURCH [photo]

 

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-

poration.

 

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-


 


 

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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.

 

 

 

Pastorates

 

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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Athens, Pa.

 

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

 

ATHENS CHURCH [photo]

 

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

charge.

 

The church has a pipe organ secured by the aid of Andrew Car-

negie.

 

Pastorates

 

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


 


 

Smithboro, N. Y. 777

 

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

journal:

 

"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


 


 

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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

trustees.

 

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.

 

Pastorates

 

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-

 

BERKSHIRE CHURCH [photo]

 

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

Whitney.

 

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

cost $1,500.

 

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.

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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

 

BERKSHIRE PARSONAGE [photo]

 

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.

 

Pastorates

 

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.


 


 

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Camptown, Pa.

 

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.

Morrow.

 

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

evening.

 

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


 


 

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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-

town class.

 

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

Sunday school.

 

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

four probationers.

 

Pastorates

 

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-

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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

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

Pastorates

 

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


 


 

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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

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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.

 

Pastorates

 

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.

Galpin.

 

 

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

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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-

sionary Society.

 

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

afternoon.

 

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

5, 1901.

 

Pastorates

 

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;


 


 

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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;

1903, supply.

 

 

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,

costing $1,000.

 

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-

noon sermon.

 

Hunt's Corners society worships in a union church.

 

Michigan Hill is a schoolhouse appointment.

 

 

 

Pastorates

 

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

repairs.

 

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

the leader.

 

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

Orwell charge.

 

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

Smith, D.D.

 

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.

 

Pastorates

 

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.

 

Pastorates

 

(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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Litchfield, Pa.

 

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.

 

Pastorates

 

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.

 

Pastorates

 

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

evening.

 

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

elected trustees.

 

The church cost $1,565, and was dedicated Thursday, December

22, 1870.

 

In April, 1886, a ten weeks' revival closed, which resulted in

one hundred and fifteen conversions and over seventy probationers.

 

Pastorates

 

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, Pa.

 

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

meetings therein.

 

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

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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.

 

Pastorates

 

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;

1895-96, G. H. Northrup; 1896-98, James Schofield; 1899-

1901, J. W. Price; 1902-03, E. A. Martin.

 

 

Meshoppen, Pa.

 

The territory of this charge was formerly a part of the Spring-

ville Circuit.

 

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

1889 $762.

 

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

[1880]." 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

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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

of $419.

 

Pastorates

 

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


 


 

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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

trustees.

 

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-

ments.

 

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.


 


 

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Pastorates

 

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-