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Minutes of the Consistory

of the

Reformed Dutch Church of Day, Saratoga County NY

 

[Several ministers listed in these pages used first initials only.  Their full names were:  John A. Lansing, Jacob N. Voorhis, Woodbridge L. James.]

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The Reformed Protestant Dutch Church was organized in the Town of Day, Saratoga County, November 14 1843 by the Rev. Andrew Yates D. D., agreeably to the direction and authority of the classis of Schenectady.  The church consisted of the following members:

 


John B. Yates

Wilbur Paul

Warren A. Randall

Samuel Stimson

 

Betsy Yates

Ann Yates

Mehitaple Stimson

Susan M. Armstrong

Abby Ann Randall


 

The following persons were chosen as members of Consistory;

            for Elders:         Samuel Stimson

                                    Warren A. Randall

            for Deacons:     John B. Yates

                                    Wilber Paul

 

1843

 

Feb. 27  Consistory met at the house of Miss Ann Yates.  Opened with prayer by Dr. Yates.  The following persons - Joseph Yates, George Palmer, Jane Yates, Elizabeth Fraker, Harriet Allen, Mary E. Stimson - made application for admission into the church and were examined as to their religious faith and experience.

            Whereupon it was resolved that they be received as members in full communion with this church.

Samuel Stimson, Sec'y

            Rev. Andrew Yates D.D., Pres.

 

Apr. 16  Consistory met at Miss Ann Yates'.  Opened with prayer by Rev. R A. Avery.  After which Thomas Yates and Abigail Yates (his wife) presented themselves as applicants for admission into the church.  After being examined as to their Christian faith and experience it was resolved that on their being baptized they be received as members in full communion with the church.  Closed with prayer.

Sam'l Stimson, Sec'y

 

 

June 12  Consistory met at Miss Ann Yates'.  Opening prayer by the chairman Dr. Andrew Yates.  Messrs. Aaron Truax & Arden Fraker having applied to be admitted as members of the church they were examined as to their religious beliefs & experience when it was resolved that after being baptized they be admitted.  Consistory then adjourned with prayer.

                                                                                                            Sam'l Stimson, Sec'y.

Sep. 25  Consistory met at the home of Miss A. Yates.  The throne of grace was addressed by the Rev. R. A. Avery.  No special business before the consistory, they made arrangements for the coming celebration of the Lord's supper, after which they adjourned with prayer.

Sam'l Stimson, Sec'y

 

Apr. 29  A meeting of the consistory was held at the house of Miss Ann Yates.  Opened with prayer by Rev. R. A. Avery.  Mrs. Asenath Van Vleeck then applied for admission into the church.  After giving satisfactory evidence as to her faith & religious experience it was resolved that she be admitted as member in full communion. Closed with prayer.

Sam'l Stimson, Sec'y

(Note:  The April 29 entry appears to be out of order in the original book.  perhaps a page was skipped and the above June and September meetings recorded in the gap.)

 

1844

 

Jan.__  Consistory met at Miss Yates'.  Throne of grace addressed by Dr. A. Yates.  The consistory then proceeded to nominate an elder in the room of Warren Randall (removed) & a deacon in the room of Wilber Paul (removed).  Whereupon Mr. Thomas Yates was nominated to supply the place of Mr. W. Randall, & Mr. Aaron Truax the place of Wilber Paul.  After closing with prayer the consistory adjourned.

Sam'l Stimson, Sec'y

 

May 25  A meeting of the consistory was held at which the Rev Andrew Yates D. D. presided & opened the same with prayer.  After which William Paul, Mrs. Elizabeth Truax, Miss Abigail Yates and Jemima Yates presented themselves for examination & reception to the communion & fellowship of the church.  After due examination respecting their experience & views of truth they were received by unanimous vote as members of this church on being baptised.  The consistory then adjourned with prayer by Elder Thomas Yates.

Sam'l Stimson, Sec'y

 

May 11  Consistory met at the home of Miss Yates at 7 o'clock p.m.  Present Thomas Yates (elder), John Yates & Aaron Truax (Deacons).  After being opened with prayer by Dr. Yates, arrangements were made for celebrating the Lord's supper at the house of Miss Yates on the coming Sabbath.  Consistory then closed with prayer.

                                                                                                            Sam'l Stimson, Sec'y

 

May 12  A meeting of consistory was held at Miss Yates'.  Opened with prayer by Rev. Dr. Yates.  After which it was resolved that whereas Dr. Yates has stated that he received about $200 from friends abroad in addition to what has been already obtained for the erection of a church edifice & that we may expect a further increase of this amount, That we consider it a duty to commence as speedily a practicable the proposed building for God's worship.  Resolved farther that we commit the entire supervision of erecting a wall re the plan of the building into the charge of a committee of three persons who shall be constituted the building committee of the Ref. Prot. Dutch Church in the Town of Day, & that they be empowered to make purchases & to make contracts in our name for the above purposes.  Resolved that the Rev. Andrew Yates & the Elders Samuel Stimson & Thomas Yates constitute the committee.  adjourned to meet again at the same place on Saturday the 18th inst.  Concluding prayer by Dr. Yates.

                                                                                                            Sam'l Stimson, Sec'y

 

May 18  Consistory met pursuant to adjournment.  Prayer by Dr. Yates.  Present:  Sam'l Stimson & Thomas Yates (elders) & John Yates & Aaron Truax (Deacons).   Minutes of last meeting read and accepted.  (This meeting was held on account of the absence of one of the elders at the preceding meeting.) 

                                                                                                            Sam'l Stimson, Sec'y

 

1845

 

Oct. __   Consistory met at the house of Miss A. Yates.  Present all the members.  Rev. J. A. Lansing having at the request of consistory expressed a willingness to labor here for six months as missionary under the direction of the Board of Dom. Miss. of the Dutch Church it was resolved that a petition be sent to the Board respectfully soliciting them to appoint Mr. Lansing to labor amongst us in the gospel ministry.  Closed with prayer by Mr. John Yates.

                                                                                                            Sam'l Stimson, Sec'y

 

Nov. 28  Consistory met at Miss Yates':  opened with prayer by Rev. H. A. Raymond.  All the members were present.  The necessary arrangements were made for celebrating the Lord's supper on the coming Sabbath

A letter was received from the Presbyterian Church at Northampton containing the dismission of Mrs. N. T. Robertson from that church (at her own request) as a member in good & regular standing & as such recommended her to the fellowship of the Dutch Church at Day.  Whereupon it was resolved that she be received as a member in full communion with our church.  Consistory them closed with prayer & adjourned.

                                                                                                            Sam'l Stimson, Sec'y

 

Dec. 9   Consistory met at the house of Miss Ann Yates, opened with prayer by Rev. J. A. Lansing.  Present - all the members.  The financial condition of the church - its debts, etc., were then examined.  Some claims against the church were still unpaid & it was resolved that the exact amount be ascertained & measures taken to pay it as soon as possible.  It was further resolved that a Lamp be purchased for the church & that the money now in the Treasury be appropriated to that purpose.  After closing with prayer - adjourned.

                                                                                                            Sam'l Stimson, Sec'y

 

 

 

1846

 

March 8  Consistory met at the Church - prayer by Mr. Lansing.  Members all present.  Mr. Morse Stimson, formerly a member of the Congregational Church of Fabius, Oneida Co., made application for admission as a member in full communion with this church.  As the church with which he had been united is now disorganized, a letter of dismission & recommendation could not of course be obtained.  The consistory therefore after satisfactory examination resolved that he be admitted into communion  & fellowship with this church as one of its members.  Adjourned with prayer.

                                                                                                           Samuel Stimson, Sec'y

 

1846  March __  Consistory met at Miss Yates'.  The throne of grace having been addressed, they proceeded to the nomination of officers to take the place of the present members of consistory whose term is soon to expire.  After consultation it was resolved that the incumbents Mr. Thomas Yates (elder) & Aaron Truax (Deacon) be nominated for re-election & that Mr. Warren Randall be nominated as Elder in the room of Samuel Stimson Esq. & Mr. Arden Fraker as deacon in place of John Yates Esq.

                                                                                                            Sam'l Stimson, Sec'y

 

April ญญญ__  Consistory and others met at the church.  The names of the aforesaid candidates having been duly published according to the constitution for three previous Sabbaths, they were ordained to their respective offices by Rev. Henry A. Raymond.

                                                                                                            J. A. Lansing

 

1846 May 1  Consistory met at Miss Yates' - opened with prayer after which the application was again made by letter to the Board of Dom.  [Ships?]  of R. D. Church to have Mr. Lansing appointed as missionary for this Church & place.

Adjourned with prayer.

 

May 16  Consistory met at the church after preparatory Lecture.  The usual question required by the constitution previous to communion was duly attended to, when the consistory adjourned to meet at Miss Yates' the next morning to attend to unfinished business.

 

May 17 Met at Miss Yates' - present:  Elders Yates, Deacons Truax & Fraker.  Application for admission to communion & membership of the church was made by Miss Susan Lawton, Mrs. Susan Hunt & Miss Cylvia Lawton.  After satisfactory examination as to the evidence of their hope & as to their experience it was unanimously resolved that they be admitted to the privilege of church membership, Mrs. & Miss Lawton after being baptised.

 

Aug. 29  Consistory met at church immediately after services preparatory to the communion.  Members of consistory all present.  Opened with prayer by Rev. Hugh Boyd.  The usual constitutional question was proposed & answered in the negative.  Mr. Nathaniel W. Lawrence then presented a certificate of dismission from the Methodist Church of Day including a recommendation to the R. D. Church of said place.  After satisfactory examination on the points of difference between the two denominations & a cordial approval and consent to the doctrines of R. D. C., it was resolved that he be admitted to the full privileges of membership with the church.  Consistory then adjourned with prayer by Mr. Lansing.

 

(1846)

Oct. 26  Consistory met at the house of Mr. Thomas Yates & was opened with prayer by the President.  Present at the meeting - Elders Thos. Yates & W. A. Randall, & Deacon A. Fraker.  A letter was written & signed by the members of consistory to be forwarded to the synod's Board of [Dom. Miss.?]  asking for the re-appointment of Mr. Lansing to labor here.  The term of service for which he had been last appointed having about expired. 

A church-bell having been recently presented to the R. P. D. Church of this place by the joint donation of Miss Ann Yates, Mrs. Anna E. Yates, Prof. John A Yates, & Henry Yates Esq. the following resolutions were drawn up and unanimously adopted.

Res. 1  That in behalf of this congregation we return our grateful acknowledgements to Miss Ann Yates, Mrs. Anna E. Yates, Henry Yates Esq., & Prof. John A Yates D. D. through whose generous liberality we have been presented with a church-bell.

Res. 2  That we highly prize this donation both as a testimony of kind regard to us on the part of the donors & as a memorial of the venerable founder of our church the late Rev. Andrew Yates D. D. whose name associated as it is with his faithful and self-denying labors here will long live, not only in the remembrance of the past, but also in the affections of the people among whom he spent his last days.

Res. 3  That a copy of these resolutions signed by the members of consistory be transmitted to each of the Donors above named.

Consistory adjourned with prayer by Mr. Yates.

                                                                                                            J. A. Lansing, Pres.

 

Nov. 28   Consistory met in the church immediately after services preparatory to communion.  Present Elders Thos. Yates & W. A. Randall, Deacon Arden Fraker.  The usual question required by the constitution was then put & answered in the negative.  After making arrangements for the coming communion, the consistory adjourned with prayer.

                                                                                                            J. A. Lansing, Pres.

 

1847

 

March 13  Consistory met at the church - opened with prayer by the President.  Present:  Elders Thos. Yates & W. A. Randall, Deacons A. Truax & A. Fraker. 

Mr. & Mrs. Benjamin Burton presented themselves for admission into communion & membership with the church.  As the Presbyterian Church at the Landing with which they had been connected for several years is now disorganized which rendered it impossible for them to obtain certificates of dismission, they were examined as to their religious experience & faith.  The examinations being satisfactory it was unanimously resolved that they be admitted as members in full communion with this church.

Mrs. Elisabeth & Miss Sophie Truax were also by unanimous vote received by letter from the Congregational Church of Edinburgh into full membership with this church.  Also Mr. Henry Beltman formerly a member of the R. D. Church of Hellendorn, (Holland) was received by letter from that church into full communion & membership with the R. D. Church of Day.

The necessary arrangements were then made for dispensing the Lord's Supper on Sabbath following.  The usual question required by the constitution before communion was duly attended to, after which there being no further business the consistory adjourned with prayer by Elder W. A. Randall.

                                                                                                            J. A. Lansing, Pres.

 

March 17  Consistory met at the church & was opened with prayer by the President.  Present: Elders T. Yates & W. A. Randall, Deacons A. Fraker & A. Truax.  As the term of office for which the present members of consistory were elected is almost expired, the following were nominated to serve -

For elders - W. A. Randall (incumbent) & John Yates in the place of Thos. Yates.

For Deacons, Arden Fraker (incumbent) & Joseph Yates in room of Aaron Truax.

Consistory then closed with prayer by Mr. Truax.

                                                                                                            J. A. Lansing, Pres.

 

1847 May  Consistory met at the house of Miss Yates.  After addressing the throne of grace the Treasurer Thomas Yates whose term of office had expired presented his report which was accepted & Mr. Fraker was chosen to supply his place.

It was moved and carried that the Elder W. A. Randall draw from the treasury $1.50 being the amount incurred by attending the meeting of the Classis of Schenectady, April 20th 1847.  The Treasurer then reported $7.10 still in the treasury.

New members of consistory having been recently elected, the church officers are as follows:

Elders:  W. A. Randall & John Yates

Deacons:  Arden Fraker & Joseph Yates

The consistory after attending to several minor matters adjourned with prayer by Mr. Randall.

                                                                                                            J. A. Lansing, Pres.

 

1847 May 30   Consistory met at the church immediately after services preparatory to the celebration of the Lord's Supper.  The usual question required by the constitution on such occasions was asked.

Mrs. Mary Lawrence from the Meth. Prot. Church of Providence presented herself as an applicant for admission to communion & fellowship with the church.  The certificate of her former standing in the church with which she had been previously connected was read and accepted & after additional examination she was admitted to membership by unanimous resolution.  Mr. Henry Mensink & Herminia Fokkert his wife & Jane their daughter (& wife of Henry Beltman) were also received into full communion & membership on certificate from the Ref. D. Church of Hellendoorn, Holland.  The consistory then closed with prayer by Mr. John Yates.

                                                                                                            J. A. Lansing, Pres.

Aug. 28   Consistory met at the church preparatory to the celebration of the Lord's Supper.  All the members present.  After prayer by the President the usual question required by the Constitution was asked.  The following persons then presented themselves as candidates for admission to communion & membership of the church on confession of their faith:   Mrs. ____ (wife of Asa Judd), Miss Theresa Johnson (wife of P. Hall) & Miss Sarah M. Hall.   After satisfactory examination both as to their religious belief & Christian experience it was unanimously resolved that they be received into the fellowship of the church.  Mr. Manaas Mensink was also received on certificate from the Ref. Dutch Church of Hellendoorn, Holland.  The consistory then closed with prayer by Elder John Yates.

                                                                                                            J. A. Lansing, Pres.

 

 

1847 Oct.   Consistory met at the house of Miss Yates, all the members present.  After addressing the throne of grace, it was stated that the term of office for which Mr. Lansing had last been appointed by the Synod's Board of Dom. Miss.  was nearly expired & also that the term of original subscription for the support of the gospel ministry in the Ref. Dutch Church of this town was soon to expire.

It was then resolved that the Synod Board be again petitioned to renew their former appointment & that the consistory draft a new subscription list & circulate it in this place for the purpose of ascertaining the amount that can be raised for the support of the gospel among us.  Consistory then closed with prayer.

                                                                                                            J. A. Lansing, Pres.

 

Nov. 22   Consistory met at the house of Miss Yates & was opened with prayer by the President.  All the members were present.  Arrangements were made to attend to Pastoral Visitation during the coming week & to collect the amount subscribed for Pastoral support during the past six months.

In anticipation of the celebration of the Lord's Supper next Sabbath the usual question required by the Constitution was asked.  After which the consistory closed their meeting with prayer by Elder W. A. Randall.

                                                                                                            J. A. Lansing, Pres.

 

1848

 

Feb 26  Consistory met previous to the celebration of the Lord's Supper & was opened with prayer by the President.  Members were all present.  The usual question required by the Constitution at such time was asked & answered in the negative.  Mr. Barand Mensink appeared as a candidate for admission to church fellowship & communion.  After being examined as to his religious views & Christian experience it was unanimously resolved that the examination be sustained & he was accordingly received into church communion

Mr. Henry Kleinkeksel & Jane his wife & Mrs. Garretdina Bovencamp were also received by certificate from the R. D. Church of Hellendorn (Holland).  Adjourned with prayer.

                                                                                                            J. A. Lansing, Pres't.

1848

 

March 30  Consistory met at the house of Miss Yates.  Members all present.  The throne of grace was addressed after which certificates of dismission from this church were given to Mr. Henry Beltman & Janace his wife at their own request who have been removed from the place.

It was further resolved that Elder W. A. Randall & Arden Fraker, Deacon, be re-appointed to their respective offices, their term of service having just expired.  Elder J. Yates then closed with prayer.

                                                                                                            J. A. Lansing, Pres't.

 

May 28, 1848  Consistory met at the church.  Members all present.  The throne of grace addressed by the President, Rev. J. A. Lansing, preparatory to the celebration of the Lord's Supper.  The usual question required by the constitution was then put and answered in the negative.  The following persons then presented themselves as candidates for admission to communion & membership of confession of their faith.  Mrs. Phebe A. (wife of Geo. W. Palmer)  & Mrs. Louisa (wife of J. Flansburgh). After satisfactory examination both as to their religious belief and Christian experience it was unanimously resolved that they be received into the fellowship of the church.  The consistory then closed with prayer by Elder John Yates.

                                                                                                W. A. Randall, Secretary

 

1848 June 1st   The Rev. J. A. Lansing having received and accepted a call from the church at Bethlehem N. Y., preached his farewell sermon on the 29th ult. from 2 Corinthians 13:11.  The church being vacant the Classis made provision for the supply of its pulpit.  The Rev. Messrs. Raymond & Mead fulfilled their engagements according to appointment.

 

August 18  The Rev. J. N. Voorhis having been appointed by the Board of Dom. Missions to labour here for three months as a missionary, & having accepted the appointment, entered upon the duties of his office.

                                                                                                W. A. Randall, Sec.

 

Sep. 23   Consistory met at the church preparatory to the celebration of the Lord's Supper.  Members all present.  The throne of grace was addressed by the president, Rev. David Lyon.  No application for admission being made for admission to the church, the consistory adjourned with prayer by the president.

                                                                                                W. A. Randall, Secretary

 

Oct. 29   Consistory met in the church & opened with prayer by the president.  A letter was read from Mr. Morse Stimpson asking for a certificate to unite himself with the Presbyterian Church at Galway, on which it was Resolved by the consistory that his request be granted & that the president furnish him with a letter of dismission.

Closed with prayer.

                                                                                                J. N. Voorhis, Pres.

 

Nov 20th [1848]   Consistory met at the house of Miss Yates, opened with prayer by the president.  Members present:  Elders W. A. Randall, Jno. Yates, Deacon Joseph Yates.  On motion it was Resolved that application be again made by letter to the Board of Dom Missions of the R. D. Church to have Mr. Voorhis reappointed as Missionary for this church & place.  Closed with prayer by Jno. Yates.

                                                                                                J. N. Voorhis, Pres.

 

Jan 13th 1849   Consistory met in the church immediately after the service preparatory to the communion & opened with prayer.  Members present:  Elder John Yates, Deacons Arden Fraker, Joseph Yates.  The usual question required by the constitution was then put and answered in the negative.  After making arrangements for the coming communion, the consistory adjourned with prayer by Jno. Yates.

                                                                                                J. N. Voorhis, Pres't.

 

April 2d   At a meeting of the consistory & after being opened with prayer, Mr. Samuel Stimpson was elected Elder in the place of Jno. Yates & Aaron Truax Deacon in the place of Joseph Yates.  Adjourned with prayer by Jno. Yates.

                                                                                                J. N. Voorhis, Pres.

 

June 23  Consistory met at the Church preparatory to the celebration of the Lord's Supper & opened with prayer.  Members present:  Elder Mr. Samuel Stimpson, Deacons Arden Fraker, Aaron Truax.  No application being made for admission to the Church, the consistory adjourned with prayer by Mr. Stimpson.

                                                                                                J. N. Voorhis, Pres.

 

1849  Oct. 25  At a regular meeting of Consistory a unanimous call was made out upon W. L. James, a licentiate of Utica Presbytery to become our pastor.  Requiring, should he accept the call, that he be ordained over this Ch'h with the view of laboring for us as a faithful servant of Jesus Christ, fulfilling the work of the gospel ministry agreeably to the word of God & the established rules & usages of the Rd. Dutch Church as prescribed in the constitutional form of a call.

Especially, requiring of him that he preach twice on the Sab., administer the sacraments, attend funeral services, support & encourage Sab. School & as Pastor, visit each family of the congregation at least once a year;

To encourage him in the discharge of the duties of his important office, we promised him in the name of this Ch'h all proper attention, love & obedience in the Lord, & to free him from worldly cares and avocation while he was dispensing spiritual blessings to us, we the Elders and Deacons of the Rd. P. Dutch Church of the Town of Day did promise and oblige ourselves and our successors to pay him $400 annually, every year, in quarterly payments, provided that the Board of Domestic Missions of the Dutch Ch'h  would help us to some $300 a year.

Done in consistory & subscribed with our names this twenty-fifth day of October in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred & forty nine.

                        Elders   Samuel Stimson            Deacons           A. T. Fraker

                                    W. A. Randall                                      Aaron Truax

Attested by Rev. W. Ingalls, Moderator of the Call

Oct. 30 [1849]   The above mentioned Call was approved by Classis.

                                                                        Rev. W. Ingalls, Pres.

                                                                        Rev. Abrm J. Swits, Clerk

 

Dec. 12   Mr. James passed the examination of Classis as...   [page missing?]

 

 

1850  Jan 30  Previous agreements having been made by Classis in connection with the Consistory of this Ch'h  Mr. James was ordained pastor of this Ch'h.  Rev. A. J. Swits delivered the sermon, the Rev. W. Ingalls gave the charge to the minister & the Rev. H. A. Raymond the charge to the church.

                                                                                                W. L. James, Pres.

 

March 21   Consistory met at the church immediately after services preparatory to Communion - opened with prayer.  The usual Constitutional question was asked and answered in the negative after which there being no further business the Consistory adjourned with prayer by the pres.

                                                                                                W. L. James, Pres.

 

Apr. 28  The Consistory met at the Ch'h, members all present.  Opened with prayer.  After which Mr. ___ Bovencamp of Hellendoorn, Holland, presented himself as a candidate for the communion & fellowship of the Ch'h; after due examination as to his religious experience it was unanimously voted that he be rec'd into full communion with this Ch'h.   Closed with prayer.

                                                                                                W. L. James, Pres.

 

Mr. Henry Mensink and wife being about to remove to Wisconsin, requested certificates of Ch'h membership & a recommendation to a Ch'h at Fon du Lac.   Which request was duly granted by voice of Consistory.

                                                                                                W. L. James, Pres.

 

June 1   Consistory met after the usual preparatory services for celebrating the Lord's Supper; opened with prayer.  The constitutional question was proposed and answered in the negative.  After prayer by the Pres., Consistory adjourned.

                                                                                                W. L. James, Pres.

 

[no date]  Consistory met in the Ch'h & opened [with] prayer by the president, W. L. James.  When, their term of office having expired, Bro. John Yates was chosen to fill the place of W. L. Randall, Elder ___ & Bro. Joseph Yates to fill the place of A. T. Fraker, Deacon; & after having published them, as prescribed in the Constitution they were ordained to their respective offices, on the third subsequent Sab.   Accordingly the church offices are as follows:

            Elders - Samuel Stimson & John Yates

            Deacons - Aaron Truax & Joseph Yates

 

Sept. 14.   The Consistory met in due order, subsequent to public exercises preparatory to the Communion;  proposed the usual Constitutional question which was answered negatively, & adjourned with prayer, there being no special business.

                                                                                                W. L. James, Pres.

 

1851 Jan. 11.   The Consistory met in the church & opened with prayer preparatory to Communion services on the coming Sab.  The Constitutional question as usual was put and answered in the negative; when, there being no further business, Consistory adjourned after the offering of a prayer.

                                                                                                W. L. James

 

May 10   The members of Consistory met at the Ch'h immediately after the public services preparatory to the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper on the approaching Sab.  & the throne of grace having been addressed, the usual question was asked & answered in the negative.  Meeting closed with prayer.

                                                                                                W. L. James, Pres.

 

Oct. 5.  Consistory met at the Ch'h subsequent to public exercises preparatory to partaking of the Sacrament on the coming Sab.  The question required on such occasions was then put and answered negatively;  when, there being no further business, we adjourned with prayer.                                                      W. L. James

 

1852 Jan. 17   The Consistory met at the Ch'h & opened with prayer directly after services preparatory to the communion on the Sab. coming.  The Constitutional question was then put & answered in the negative, & Consistory adjourned, subsequent to prayer.

                                                                                                W. L. James, P.

 

March 14.  Consistory met previous to public exercises of the Sab. & opened with prayer.  Members pres. - Elders S. Stimson & Jno. Yates, & Deacon Truax.  Assisted by Rev. A. B. Chittenden.  When Mrs. Asenath M. Smith was, at her own request, examined as to her religious belief & Christian experiences which examination proving satisfactory she was unanimously received by vote into Ch'h fellowship & was baptised.

            Mr. John Ray & Mrs. Lydia Tiebout were also received into full communion & membership on certificate from the 1st Colored Presbyterian Ch'h, Newark, New Jersey, E. P. Rogers, Pastor.  And Mr. John Tiebout presented himself as candidate for admission to communion & Ch'h fellowship on confession of his faith.  After satisfactory examination as to his religious beliefs & Christian experience it was unanimously resolved that he be received into the fellowship of the Ch'h.   Consistory then adjourned with prayer & the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper was duly administered                                                                                                                 W. L. James, Pres.

 

May 9 1852  At a regular meeting of Consistory, W. A. Randall was nominated to serve as Elder in place of Samuel Stimson, deceased & Aaron Truax whose term of office has about expired, was nominated to a re-election.  Arrangements were made for the ordination of the above officers in due time. Closed with prayer.

                                                                                                W. L. James, Pres.

May 30 [1852]  According to previous election & notice, W. A. Randall was ordained to the office of Elder & Aaron Truax to the office of Deacon.

Elders are -  W. A. Randall

Jn Yates

W. L. James,

Deacons are - A. Truax

Jos. Yates

        Pres. of C'y

 

Sat. July 3rd   Consistory met at the Ch'h in due form after services preparatory to the Communion.  The usual Constitutional question was put.

                                                Closed with prayer - W. L. James

 

1853 July 15   Mrs. Seth Aldridge requested a certificate of Ch'h membership & a recommendation to an Evangelist Ch'h at Luzerne, her present place of residence, which request was granted by voice of the Consistory.

                                                                                                W. L. James, Pres.

 

Sab. Oct. 24    Consistory met at the Ch'h at noon to act upon the request of the Rev. W. L. James for a dissolution of the pastoral union between himself & this Ch'h & it was granted.

                                                                                                Rev. A. J. Swits, Pres.

 

************

Came to Day as directed by Providence Nov. 24, 1854.  Preached here the following Sabbath, was urged to come & settle here.  felt it my duty to come & gave them encouragement accordingly.  Returned home to Ulster Co. the same week to make preparations for moving.  Moved the first week in Jan 1855 & commenced the regular ministration of the Word.

            The Call was made out & attested by the Rev. A. J. Swits at the regular spring meeting of C[l]assis, Schenectady, and signed by the Elder W. A. Randall in behalf of the whole Consistory, who had authorized him thus to act.

            My letter of Dismission from Classis of Orange not being received, Classis deferred the Installation for the time, but expecting said letter the next week a Committee was appointed to attend to my Installation on the 3rd Wednesday of May 1855, which was accomplished accordingly on that day.

                                                                                                Calvin Case

 

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1855 April 18th  Consistory met in the Church, opened with prayer.

On motion, Resolved that the Elder W. A. Randall be the delegate to represent this Church at the coming meeting of Classis to be held in Schenectady.

            On motion, Resolved that the Elder Mr. Randall be empowered to act at the coming meeting of Classis for the whole Consistory in all matters that require their action.

            Adjourned with prayer.

                                                                                    W. A. Randall, Pres. pro. tem.

 

May 20th Consistory met, when a letter from the Rev. John Garretson was read stating that he had received a formal application for aid from this church, - aid, however having been expected.  The regular step was then taken to procure aid.

            On motion -

Resolved, that an application be made to our Domestic Board of Missions for aid in the sum of two hundred dollars  $200   for the year beginning with Dec. 1st 1854.

                                                                                                C. Case, pres.

 

1855 May 26   Consistory met at the church to attend to any applications that might be made for church membership.  Opened with prayer.  Members all present.

           

Elders

W. A. Randall

John Yates

Deacons

Joseph Yates

Aaron Truax

Conversation was held relative to the interests of our Zion.  Closed with prayer by the president C. Case.

 

July 15  Consistory met at the church in relation to the election of church officers.  Opened with prayer. 

members present:          Elder W. A. Randall

                                    Deacons J. Yates, A Truax

On motion, Resolved, that Mr. Arden Fraker be elected as Elder to serve in the place of John Yates, for the present term of 2 yrs. commencing with July 1855

            As the regular term of office for all had expired, Mr. Arden Fraker was chosen for 2 years, Mr. W. A. Randall for 1 year, Elders;   For Deacons Mr. Joseph Yates for 2 years and Mr. Aaron Truax for 1 year.

            Closed with prayer by the president.

                                                                                                            Calvin Case

 

Sept 2nd.   Consistory met in the church - members all present.  Opened with prayer.

            The certificate of Church membership of Mrs. Anna Elizabeth Case was presented from the Ref. P. D. Church of Grahamville for the purpose of joining this church; being read & found in order, a motion was made and seconded that the letter be received accordingly, Carried.

            Mrs. Catherine L. Delong also presented herself for the purpose of joining the church on profession of her faith in Christ.  She was examined in regard to her faith & hope, according to the usual custom.  The examination being demed satisfactory, the motion was made and carried, that she be received in full communion.  We trust that the Lord is among us.  May he give us many precious souls for our hire & may He have all the glory.

            Closed with prayer by the president.

                                                                                                            Calvin Case

 

Oct. 2.  Consistory met in the Church.  All the members present. Opened with prayer.

            The object of the meeting was then stated, viz., to choose a delegate for the present meeting at Classis.  After mature deliberation the Elder W. A. Randall was chosen unanimously.  There being no other business to consider, the meeting closed with prayer by the president.

                                                                                                            Calvin Case

 

1855 Dec. 1.   Consistory met in the Church after preparatory lecture.  All members present, excepting Deacon Truax.  Opened with prayer.  Mrs. Jane George, wife of Joseph Salisbury was present & presented a Certificate from the Associate Presbyterian Church of Albany which was properly considered and accepted.  Closed with prayer by the Elder W. A. Randall.

            The next day, Sabbath, communion of the Lord's Supper was celebrated, a precious time, trust that the Lord was present.  A collection was taken up.

                                                                                                Calvin Case, president

 

1856 April 16.   Consistory met in the church; opened with prayer.  All the members present except Mr. Truax.  The Consistorial report for the spring meeting of Classis was read & accepted.

            The Elder Mr. Fraker was chosen as delegate to Classis for the coming six months.

            Owing to the unpleasantness of the weather, the communion of the Lord's Supper was deferred from the first to the last Sabbath in March.  A collection was taken up for incidental expenses.  Closed with prayer by the president.

                                                                                                Calvin Case, president

 

June 8.  Consistory met in the church - Communion Sabbath - before services.  Opened with prayer.  All the members present.

            Proceedings in regard to the baptism of Philip Paul on his death bed were aproved & his name ordered to be put on the book as a member of the church.

            Mr. Joseph Salisbury presented himself for examination, in order to his admittance into communion with the church; was examined; the examination being deemed satisfactoryo he was, On motion, received into communion of the the church.

            The constitutional question, in regard to the consistant walk of the members, was put.

            Closed with prayer by the president.

                                                                                                Calvin Case

 

Sept. 6.  Consistory met in the church.  All the members present except the elder Mr. Randall.  Opened with prayer.  No persons to present themselves for admission into the church, wh. is sufficient cause for humiliation before God.

            The question required by the Constitution was asked - answered in the negative.

            The Elder Mr. Fraker was chosen as delegate to represent this church at the coming regular fall meeting of Classis & Mr. Randall was chosen his Secundus.

            Closed with prayer by the president, -               Calvin Case

 

1856 Dec. 6.  Saturday, Dec. 6, The Preparatory Lecture was observed as usual in the church, a wh. no one was present to unite with the church & the consistory did not formally meet.

1857 March 1.  The Consistory met in the church.  All the members present except the Elder Mr. Fraker.  Four persons presented themselves for admission into the church, viz.

Mr. Benjamin Rhodes, Mrs. Betsy (Wells) widow of the late Philip Paul, Mr. James Gilroy & his wife Jane.  They were all examined respecting their faith in Christ & their personal piety, wh. being considered satisfactory, they were on motion all received into communion of the church.  May God assist them all in adorining their holy profession & in being ornaments to the church;  while we faithfully perform our duty toward them.

 

1857 March 1.  The Consitutional question respecting the consistent walk of the members was put, and answered satisfactorily.

            On motion it was Resolved that the elder W. A. Randall be the delegate to represent this church at the coming Spring meeting of Classis & that the elder A. T. Fraker be his Secundus.

            The meeting was opened & closed with prayer by the president.

                                                                                                            Calvin Case

 

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1866 Sept 22.  The consistory met at the Church, members not all present.  Six persons presented themselves for admission into the church, viz. Mr. Isaac J. Flansburgh, Mr. & Mrs. George D. Yates, Mr. Peter J. Gueney, Mrs. Charlotte Rice, and Mis Lodoiska Lake.  They were all examinied respecting their faith in Christ & their personal piety which being considered satisfactory they were on motion all received into communion of the church.  The next day - Sabbat - Communion of the Lord's Supper was celebrated.  Present Rev. Isaac Devoe.  The meeting was opened and closed with prayer by the president.

                                                                                                W. A. Randall, Elder

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