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SCHUYLERVILLE BAPTIST CHURCH RECORDS

June 21, 1835 to December 4, 1869

(for continuation of this record see Schuylerville Baptist Church Records 1870-1926 )


Official name of the church was changed twice during this time period; once on February 6, 1836 and again on October 28, 1893.

( This transcription prepared in January 2001 by Mary G. Hafler from typed notebook pages which appear to have been copied from written church records under the signature of Church clerks. In this transcription, consistent spelling errors have been corrected i.e. Sabbath, baptized, Christian, religious, unanimous, received, their and then. There are no major changes in capitalization or format.)

Saratoga June 1835 The former Book of the church being filled up the Church resolved to obtain another in which to keep the records from time to time.

Records of the Saratoga Baptist Church commencing June 21, 1835

Sabbath June 21, 1835

Special meeting after the public worship. It being motioned by Deac. Wm. T. Smith and seconded by Bro. R. M. Livingston resolved that we request that we be admitted as a member of the Saratoga Baptist Association.

2 nd Resolved that our pastor Bro. Chas. B. Keyes, Deac. Elias Billings, Reuben Perry, R. M. Livingston and J. A. Waldo be our delegates to the Association. Joshua Finch, Church Clerk

Copy of letter to Association:

The Baptist Church of Christ of Saratoga to the Saratoga Baptist Association to be holden with the Baptist Church in Milton, the 24 & 25 of June 1835. Send Christian Salutation.

Beloved Brethren:

At the Bottskill Association to which we have for some time been connected has informerly dissolved to become a new one in connection with the Washington Association or Union. We have a preference considering locality to become connected with you in an associated capacity.

We are at present favored with the labors of Bro. Chas. B. Keyes as our pastor constantly. He commenced his labors with us the first of May last. We have enjoyed a refreshing from "the Great Head of the Church" during the winter and spring past. We are enjoying peace and harmony at present and our prospects are good. We have an interesting Sabbath School of about forty scholars and ten teachers. Three of the scholars have professed religion the year past. We have not as yet matured a system of action in the various benevolent enterprises but calculate upon taking a part in the good work and hope it will be that of which we shall all not be ashamed. Our alterations for the past year are

Added by Baptism 16, by letter 9 Dismissed by letter 4, excluded 3, deceased 2Total number 162

Our references are our pastors Bro. Chas. B. Keyes, Deac. Elihu Billings, Bro. Reuben Perry - J. A. Waldo – R. M. Livingston.

By order in behalf of the church, June 21, 1835 Chas. B. Keyes Pastor

Saturday, July 4, 1835

Did not meet in covenant meeting in consequences of the celebration of the American Independence by an oration on Temperance and the Colonization effort.

Joshua Finch Church Clerk

Sabbath, July 5, 1835

Attended the breaking of Bread. Sister Sally Gray presented a letter of commendation and Dismission from the Stillwater Church, dated June 27, 1835, requesting admission. It being motion, it was also voted to receive Sister S. Rogers admission with us.

Joshua Finch Church Clerk

Changes in Church List

Chas. B. Keyes, Dismissed by letter

Lydia L. Keyes "

Sarah Ann Heath married Mr. Wing

Catherine Norton gone to Ohio

Saturday, July 18, 1835

At a special Church meeting, Miss Lydia Marcia Billings gave a narration of the dealings of God with her in relation to her as a sinner and requested the privilege of being connected with us in church relation. It was voted to receive her as such when baptized. Mrs. Elizabeth Duel also related her christian experience and desired to be received as a member with us. It was voted to receive her when baptized. Sister Nancy Higgins desired a letter of commendation & dismission and it was voted to grant her request.

Sabbath, July 19, 1835

By special meeting the church met at Bro. Livingstons at which time Mr. Pardon Duel related his experienced of the Grace of God and requested to be received as a member of this church. It was voted to receive him when Baptized. This day our pastor Bro. C. B. Keyes baptized Bro. Pardon Duel, Sister Elizabeth Duel and Sister Lydia Maria Billings. Joshua Finch Church Clerk

Sat., Aug 1, 1835

Met in Covenant meeting – Prayer by Deac. Elias Billings. There being but few at meeting it was improved by being a prayer meeting. Joshua Finch

Sabbath, Aug 16, 1835

By special request the church was requested to remain after the dismission of the Congregation. By the request of Sister Sarah Ann Wing and Rachel Olney, letters of Commendation and dismission was granted them to join other churches.

Joshua Finch, Clerk

Saturday, Sept. 5, 1835

Met in covenant meeting, about 62 present. Prayer by Bro. Elias Billings. Very interesting meeting. Joshua Finch, Clerk

Saturday, Oct. 3, 1835

Met in Church meeting. Prayer by Brother Waldo. There being no business of especial importance the meeting was improved by being a conference. Brother Parr and his wife Helen Parr requested a letter of Dismission which was granted them

Sabbath, Sept. 6 1835

Brother Wm. B. Cooper presented a letter from the church in Milton dated Dec. 7, 1834 and requested to be received as a member of this church. On motion it was voted to receive Bro. Cooper agreeably to his request by letter. Joshua Finch, Clerk

Sabbath, Oct 18, 1835

After public worship granted Brother Whitlock Whaley a letter of Commendation and dismission at his request. Joshua Finch, Clerk

Saturday, Oct. 31, 1835

Met in covenant Meeting – Prayer by Bro. Perry – Good Meeting. Some quichening [sic] feeling. Brother Shubael T. Hershaw and Sister Leah Welch requested letter of commendation and dismission. Motion to grant their request. Joshua Finch, Clerk

Sabbath, Nov. 1 1835

Had a very interesting communion season. Sister Betsey Hartwell requested the privilege of becoming a member of this church. She was a member of the church in Northumberland when it was in being. But it has become extinct by removal & otherwise. She wishes still to do duty and enjoy religious privileges. As many of the Brethern were acquainted with her it was proposed that she be received without a letter. Joshua Finch, Clerk.

Sabbath, Nov. 22, 1835

After public worship Brother William B. Copper and Sister Alison Seely requested letters of Commendation and Dismission which was granted to them. Joshua Finch, Clerk

Saturday, Dec. 5, 1835

There being no special business the meeting was improved as a conference. Sister Maria Dubois presented a letter from the church in Ballston Spa and requested a letter of commendation and dismission from this church. It was granted. Joshua Finch, Clerk

Jan. 2, 1836

Met in covenant meeting opened by prayer by Elias Billings. A very interesting meeting. Much tender feeling. Miss Rose Ann Cobine being present related to the church her christian experience and desired to be received as a member of the church. It was voted she be received when baptized. Sister Amanda Hill presented a letter from Galway Church & requested to be received as a member of this church. It was voted Sister Hill be received. Prayer by Bro. Elias Billings. Joshua Finch, Clerk

Sabbath, Jan. 3, 1836

Sister Rose Ann Cobine was baptized to-day by our pastor Rev. C. B. Keyes. At the Communion Sister Betsey Holbridge presented a letter from the church in Gibbonsville or West Troy & requested to be received as a member of this church. It was voted to receive her as a member. Joshua Finch, Clerk

Saturday, Feb. 6, 1836

Met in church meeting. Prayer by Bro. Finch. The case of Bro. Cornelius Loew was discussed and it was decided to withdraw from Him the hand of fellowship on account of intemperance and neglect of duty. The character of Sister __andell was mentioned as not being in accordance with the gospel so a committee of Brethern Aaron Hill and Elias Billings to visit her and make a report. Voted to grant Sister Freelove Seymour a letter of dismission and commendation. Voted to grant letters of dismission to our pastor C. B. Keyes and sister L. L. Keyes. The propriety of calling the church in the future Schuylerville Baptist Church instead of Saratoga Church was considered. Vote that in the future the church be known as the Schuylerville Baptist Church. Some time last summer a letter of dismission was granted to Sister Eliza Cleveland. Prayer by Bro. Keyes. Joshua Finch, Clerk

March 6, 1836

We celebrated the Lord’s Supper. Rev. Elder Westeat broke the bread for the church.

 

 

Saturday, April 2, 1836

Church met in a covenant meeting after hearing from the brethern. Bro. John W. Olmsted came forward and gave a narration of his Christian experience with a view of being baptised into the fellowship of the church. We voted to grant Sister Clarissa Owens a letter of Dismissal from us. Voted to send at the request of Bro. Pawet Culerkoof [sic] the Association delegates to a convention at Milton the 6t h. Accordingly Brothers E. Billings, A. Hill, J. Finch & J. Olmsted were appointed as delegated for said Convention. Said convention is on the subject of Bible Society.

Sabbath, April 3,

Brother Olmsted received Baptism in fellowship of the church, after which Elder broke Bread to the church. Took up a collection and paid $23.40 to Bro. Jeffers for sexton duties. The remaining $12 paid to Miss Finch for monies paid for sweeping the House.

Sabbath 24, 1836

Church voted to grant Mariah Dubois letter of dismission, likewise voted letters to Aaron Hill & Wife, letters of dismission were granted Thomas Olney and Polly, his wife, likewise Mary Olney 2 nd & Aseneth Olney. Voted a letter of dismission to Elizabeth Northrup April 1836

Joshua Finch, Ch. Clerk

Saturday, June 4, 1836

Met in covenant meeting. Prayer by Brother Stickney. Had a very interesting meeting. There appeared to be a good state of feeling in the church. Brethern proceeded to appoint the delegates to the Association. Brothers Moses Stickney – James Service – Elias Billings – J. Finch - & J. Olmsted were appointed to set with the Saratoga Association at Ballston Spa on the last Wednesday in June. Next was read a communication received from Rev. C. B. Keyes requesting an answer to a number of questions relative to the State, Standing & Doings of our Church. Received into fellowship some time in February, but I neglected to put it down – Sister Mary Sands, Sarah Sands, Sophis Sands. Also Deacon John Sands. J. Finch, Church

Saturday, July 2, 1836

Church met in Church meeting. Prayer by Bro. Billings, after which Bro. John S. Billings presented a letter of Dismission from the Moreau Church. It was voted we receive Bro. Billings as said letter, which was done by the unanimous vote of the church. It was then proposed that a committee of five be appointed to make arrangements with Bro. Olmsted relative to his services with the church for the time that he has preached, also for the time he shall continue to preach for us. Bros. Elias Billings, Elihu Billings, Wm. Y. Smith. R. M Livingston and J. Finch were appointed a committee for the above purpose. The subject on selling the slips were then taken up and it was decided one week fom Saturday next we would sell or rent the slips for the present year commencing on the first of May last. Note by typist "I am not sure it looks so much like Ships but can’t see how it can be—I think it is slips all right—slips=pews".

It was agreed that the former committee viz: R. M Livingston, J. Finch, & E. Billings should continue the negotiations with Elder Sawyer. Elder Sawyer being present made some very appropriate remarks to the church on the subject of Ministerial labors and his removal to this place and gave us finally encouragement of coming to live with us provided the church thought it best. Closed by prayer by Elder Sawyer. Joshua Finch, Church Clerk.

Saturday, Aug. 6, 1836

Church met in covenant meeting, prayer by Bro. Perry after which the mind of the church were heard which closed in an interesting interviews. Joshua Finch

Transcription Note: A break in chronology here set aside by asterisks

*June 27, 1837

Sunday, Aug. 27, 1837

In Oct, by letter Mrs. Eldridge.

2 Hartwells were Baptized also Ann Rogers Last in Oct.

Lords Day, Dec. 10, 1837

Following were baptized, 10 in number: R. S. Sheldon, William Fagarty, Alanson Finch, Jacob Osborne, Thomas Finch, Charlotte Thompson, Susan Elizabeth Jennings, Mary Billings, Jane Sawyer & Mary Baker.

Lords Day, Dec. 17

Were baptized: John McKinster, Jane Eldridge, Prudence Eldredge, Marshall Hammond, Lydia Mariah Hill – five in number and by letter, Mrs. Barney – 1

Feb. 4, 1838

Were baptized: Asa Hill – Selah Avery – Alvina Eliza Jennings – Minerva McKinster – Sarah Ann Brown – Peter & Mrs. DeVoo – 7 in number

Sabbath, July 15, 1838

S. S. Guy Sept 1838 by letter dismissed by letter July 1839 See entry later incorrectsequence Nathan Grant by letterJune 1, 1839 Philander D. Gillett by letter 1839 Harriet By Letter 1839

In 1839 we returned resident members number 123 to the Association. Names of Delegates, T. Rogers – E. Billings – J. Finch – R. Perry

*Saturday, Feb. 11, 1837

Church met in church meeting. After prayer church took up the subject of Brother Olmsted’s salary, and after some conversation it was decided to give him $4.00 per Sabbath from the time of his commencing to the 5 th of Nov. from which time up to the 1 st of Jan. the church had agreed to give him $6.00 per week. The church then voted to receive Bro. Sawyer as their pastor. Closed by Prayer. Joshua Finch, Church Clerk

In connection with above meeting the church voted to give Bro. Abner Wright, his wife and Mary Ann Wright letters of Dismission.

Saturday, March 4, 1837

Met in Covenant meeting and after prayer heard the minds of the Brethern & Sisters who were with us and who were in fellowship and there seemed to be an united desire that God would revive his work here. Sister B. Holmes called for a letter of Dismission which was granted. The church appointed Brothers Billings, Finch & T. Rogers a committee to make arrangements for a protracted meeting. Closed with prayer. Joshua Finch, Clerk

 

Saturday, April 4, 1837 No church meeting to-day.

Saturday May 27, 1837

Church met in covenant meeting and after prayer by Brother Perry proceeded to hear the minds of the Brethern & Sisters who with one accord, expressed a good degree of Fellowship and union with expressions of deep anxiety to live more to the glory of God. A letter of Dismission from Mayville Church was then presented in behalf of Bro. Sawyer who was received by the unanimous vote of the church. Likewise a letter to the same effect was present by Sister Eliza S. Sawyer which was also received by an unanimous vote. She was received into the fellowship of the church. Also Sister Beulah Velsey presented a letter of Commendation from Kingsbury Church who was accepted by the church. In conclusion Bro. Chas. Sawyer came forth and gave a relation of his Christian experiences and was received for baptism by the unanimous vote of the church. By his request a letter of Dismissal was granted Bro. J. W. Olmsted and in conclusion and agreeable to previous appointment made and notified according to law two Sabbatha in Succession. The church and society was called to the subject of organizing and becoming a body corporate and after choosing J. M. Sawyer & Eliax Billings to preside over our deliberations, the following were chosen as trustees for the year to come: James & Thomas Rogers, Elias & John Billings and Joshua Finch.

May 27, 1837 Joshua Finch, Clerk

Saturday, June 3, 1837 Church meeting to-day

Saturday, Aug. 5, 1837

Church met in Covenant Meeting. After prayer church heard from the Brethern & Sisters and we were all grateful to learn of the good degree of Union among the Brothers & Sisters. Closed by Prayer.

Sunday, Aug. 27, 1837

Church met at 9 o’clock to hear the relation of the Christian experiences of Bro. Thomas Hartwell & his wife. After which they were received for baptism and accordingly went forward in the ordinance of Christ.

Saturday, Sept. 2, 1837

No Church meeting to-day because of the unfaithfullness of Brethern.

Sabbath Oct.

Received the Christian experiences of Ann Rogers to-day and she was received as a candidate for baptism to church membership.

Nov. 27, 1837

The church enjoyed a season of protracted labor, and were favored with the labors of Elder William Grant. The meetings continued about two weeks and with very good results in waking up sleeping professors of religion and in the conversion of a number of important sinners which made considerable addition to the church, say at least, twenty-five by baptism. Let the Lord be praised for his goodness.

Schuylerville, Jan. 20, 1838

Church met by particular appointment. Opened by prayer by pastor. Proceeded to business as follows:

1 – Heard the Christian experience of Mrs. DeVoo and she was received as a Candidate for baptism by the church.

2 – The church took into consideration the case of Sister Elizabeth Jeffers who had been labored with by the church and appointed Bro. Elihu Billings & James Service to go out and make further inquiries respecting reports unfavorable to her Christian reputation. The brothers retired & shortly returned satisfied that reports respecting her are true and on motion by Bro. Billings the church voted that she be excluded from the church for using profane language and falsehood.

3 – The church then took into consideration the case of Brother J—Billings with whom previous labor had been prosecuted for the crime of intemperance. It appeared before the church that Brother Billings had agreed upon a confession to be made public on the making of which the church would be satisfied but since which time he had given orders that it be withheld, whereupon the church voted that Brother Billings be held to make his confession.

4 – The Church then took upon consideration the case of Bro. J. C. Jeffers with whom some previous labors had been taken for Sunday improprieties, of unChristlike conduct. The church voted that Bros. Elias Billings & Joshua Finch be appointed a committee to make inquiries concerning the character & reputation of Bro. J. C. Jeffers and report at next church meeting.

5 – The Church then took into consideration the case of Bro. R. M. Livingston who had recently been impreached before a Court & Jury as a man not entitled to truth and accuracy and not to be believed un oath. Whereupon the church appointed a committee of three: Bros. Sawyer, Joshua Finch & Elias Billings to see Bro. Livingston & his accusors face to face to obtain all the facts relating to the case and presnet them to the church as soon as maybe.

6 – Church voted a letter of dismission to Bro. Clark. Closed & ect.[sic] Joshua Finch

Feb. 30, 1838 Date questionable. Refer also to record for Feb. 4, 1838 and Feb. 25, 1838

Met in covenant meeting. Heard the Christian experience of the following and admitted them as candidate for Baptism: Asa Hill – Sela Avery – Almina Eliza Jennings – Minervia McKinster – Sarah Ann Brown. Received by letter from our sister church at Stillwater, Sister Lydia McKinster

Feb. 24, 1838

Church met in special church meeting. Opened with a prayer.

1 – Called on committee Bro. Elias Billings & Joshua Finch to report respecting Bro. J.C.Jeffers. The report in part from which it appears that reports unfavorable to him are in circulation which gives us just cause of alarm respecting him. The charge against him is profane swearing and falsehood. There being but few present the church voted to put over the case until next meeting.

2 – Called up the case of Bro.(looks like Jese Billings) for intemperance ascertained that Bro. Billings had been somewhat sensible of his wrongs and was making confessions in different places for his sins and promised by the Grace of God amendments in the future. Whereupon the church voted the case be put over until next meeting. Closed ect.

Sabbath morning, Feb. 25, 1838

Bro. Peter Devoo related his Christian experiences and was received as a candidate for Baptism. When after divine service Bro. & Sister DeVoo, Asa Hill, Sela Avery, Almina Eliza Jennings & Minervia McKinster & Sarah Ann Brown received the ordinance of Baptism by Elder Sawyer & were admitted to the church.

March 3, 1838

Church met in Stated Church meeting opened by prayer. Convened in reference to a request from the church at Union village about obtaining the labors of Elder Sawyer for one-half the time of the coming year. That is to have a service each Sabbath at each place. Church voted to grant request.

2 – Church called upon Bro. J. C. Jeffers present who replied to the church that he had upon one occasion used profane language. The reason he now applies for not travelling with the church is that the church owes him & refuse to pay a just demand. His case put over to next church meeting.

3 – Found a confession from Bro. Jese Billings for intemperance which the majority of the church agree to accept as satisfactory. Closed by prayer Ect.

No records kept from March 3 to June 14, 1838.

June 14, 1838

-1- Church met in church meeting opened by prayer after which church took up the case of Bro. J. C. Jeffers and after some conversation the church withdrew fellowship from Bro. Jeffords[sic]

2;1 The church then voted to pay the debt to Mr. Dillingham which stood against William T. Smith & Joshua Finch which they assumed for Elder Parr, which the church considered they ought to pay as a church. Closed by prayer.

Saturday, Oct. 6, 1838

Church met in covenant meeting after prayer the church heard the minds of the brethern & sisters who manifested a union but a very low and gloomy time with them. Elder Sawyer then asked for a letter of Dismission which was granted to him by the church. Elder Sawyer then prayed and the meeting closed. Brother S. S. Guy presented a letter from the church in Kingsbury which commended him to any sister church of the same faith and practice. He was received by the church and is now considered a member with us by a vote of the church.

Saturday, Nov. 3, 1838

Elder J. W. Sawyer opened the meeting with prayer after which Bro. Elias Billings was chosen moderator. The church heard a communication from Elder Sawyer in which he said that the people of Northumberland had requested that he preach to them for one-half of the time. The other half of the time he was willing to preach to the church in Schuylerville. For $250 or he was willing to preach all the time for $400.00 or if the church should not accept of neither of the proposals, he would then ask liberty to preach occasionly within the bounds of the church, or at the meeting hours as the case might be. To be considered as evening lectures. Generally the votes were for keeping him all of the time which stood as follows: Bros. Perry– Sheldom – Service – Rouse – Osborne – Hagerty – Hartwell & Finch; against were Bros. John, Kes & Elihu Billings, Wm. T. Smith – T. Rogers – Bates – McKinster and Elias Billings. After some talk the meeting was adjourned for two weeks.

 

 

Saturday, November 17, 1838

At an adjournment meeting of the church to converse on the subject of employing Elder Sawyer, Bro. Perry was chosen moderator and after prayer the object of the meeting was called up. It was moved and seconded that we employ Elder Sawyer for one-half time the coming year. The vote being taken, there were seventeen in favor of keeping him and nine against it. It was then moved that Elder Sawyer have the liberty to preach occasionally within the bounds of the church. The vote being called, there was a number voted in favor of it but the negative vote was not taken by reason of a remark that Brother Elias Billings made. He said he thought it would not be best to call the negative side. Then Elder Sawyer made a complaint against Bro. Jesse Billings for his slandering him and after some talk the meeting closed.

Saturday, Dec. 1, 1838

Met in church meeting but no business done. Elder Sawyer stated that he did not wish it to be understood that he made a complaint against Jesse Billings in November but simply wished the church to take notice of it and do what they thought best about it.

Saturday, January 5, 1839

Church met in church meeting and after prayer chose Bro. E. Billings as moderator. After reading the minutes of the preceeding meeting, Bro. Billings moved to alter the vote of the Nov. 1 meeting by excluding the three females and three males that were members of the church from being questioned. (Don’t think I have "questioned" right but it was as near as I could make out) but it was not put through. Bro. Billings then motioned to exchange the vote entirely; to vote all seven for expunging. Seven were against this as follows: Chas. Elihu, Jesse Billings, John Billings, Thomas & James Rogers, Calusha Servis against Bros. Hartwell, Duel, Finch, DeVoo, St. John and others. Then closed by doing nothing.

Elder P. D. Gillett commenced his labors with the church the Second of May 1839

Saturday, June 1, 1839

Church met in Covenant meeting. Prayer by Elder Gillett. Proceeded to renew covenant whom with one accord expressed a good degree of union and fellowship with an increased anxiety for the welfare and prosperity of the church. The church then heard the Cristian experience of a colored man by name of Amos, who was received for Baptism. Afterward Bro. Grant presented a letter from Troy for reception. Likewise Elder Gillett & his wife presented their letters for reception. All were given an unanimous vote by the church. Closed after hearing the Benediction. Joshua Finch, Church

Saturday, Aug. 3, 1839

Church met in covenant. Prayer by Brother Gillett. The Brothers & Sisters proceeded to renew their covenant as usual. After mutual exchange of greetings, Mr. Samuel Green presented himself for membership and after hearing his experiences, he was unanimously received for Baptism. Closed with Benediction.

 

 

 

October 5, 1839

Church met in covenant, opened meeting by reading, singing & Prayer. The church went into a free exchange of feelings in conference, and after which our pastor proposed that the church should adopt a set of rules by which to be governed in the government of the church, and by consent of the church agreed to present a form for consideration at our next business meeting three weeks from to-day. P. G. Gillett, Pastor

Nov. 9, 1839

Church met in covenant. Opened the meeting by reading a portion of Scripture, singing and prayer & free exchange of feelings. The following articles were presented by our pastor, which were read and after a careful examination they were unanimously adopted by the church.

 

 

Articles of Discipline

Adopted by the Baptist Church of Schuylerville

Adopted November 9, 1839

Article 1

The church shall have a business meeting as often as the officers of the church shall think necessary, which meeting shall be publically notified by one of the officers of the church the Sabbath previous to such meeting.

Article 2

At those meetings all the members of the church are expected to attend. (The females may be excused if they please) except in cases of necessity and they shall have a right to vote in all the business of the church.

Article 3

At such meetings all such business relating to the discipline and government of the church shall be transacted when none but members are expected to attend unless invited by the church.

Article 4

At such meetings of the church if two of the officers are present with three other male members the same shall form a quorum to do business when a true record shall be kept of all their proceedings.

Article 5

In all the discussions of the church peculiar care shall be taken to have an agreement, but if that can’t be obtained two-thirds vote shall make it decisive.

Article 6

In the settlement of a pastor, the notice for a call shall be given two succeeding Sabbath previous to the day appointed for the election and in all other business the call shall be is desirable.

Article 7

In all cases of a private or public nature that may come to the church knowledge which shall implicate any of our members demanding the action of a body, the church shall appoint a committee and bring such person or persons before the church, but when a member is grieved at one or more members of this church, they shall take a suitable time to reflect and pray and if not yet satisfied they shall go privately and labor with the person or persons with whom they are grieved. If they obtain satisfaction they may not communicate it to others but if they fail to obtain it they may take one or more with them and take a second labor and if all these means fail they may take it into the church with such evidence as shall apply to the case in hand when the church shall judge and decide accordingly.

Article 8

If a difficulty occurs in the church which they are not settle after laboring in all suitable ways as stated in these articles, a council of three or more brethern may be called from some sister church when the church shall decide whether council shall set in concert with

the church and set as Jurors and decide the case.

P. D. Gillet Pastor

Dec. 7, 1839

Church met in Covenant. Opened meeting by singing and prayer and after a free interchange of feeling in which a union was expressed restored to commune on the morrow. Closed by prayer.

Feb. 1, 1840

Church met in covenant. Opened by prayer, singing and conference. Brother James Rogers & Daughter Aneliza asked a letter of Dismission to sister church in Galesville, which was granted. After some refreshing remarks and a resolution to set apart a few days for special meetings, we closed in usual way.

March 7, 1840

Church met in Covenant. Prayer by Bro. Perry. Listened to the remarks of those present. Heard the Christian remarks of the following persons who were admitted for Baptism as candidates: Hannah Philips, Nancy Philips, Freelove Service, Mary Ann Gidley, John Smith, Abram Tooly. Brother Clark asked for a letter of dismission about a year since but was not given one until to-day. Closed by singing.

March 19, 1840

This day had service and after listened to the experience of Miss Ann Brown, Mrs. Hagerty, Miss McKinster, Marca McClafilin, Josiah St. John & Benj. Service who were received as candidates for baptism. Also Sabbath of the 29 th the experiences of Mrs. Whitman & Susan Thompson were received as candidate of Baptism.

April 4, 1840

Covenant meeting this day. Prayer by one of the brethern. Proceeded to hear the minds of the Brethern & Sisters. A good degree of feeling & union reign throughout the church, and to all appearances nothing operates as a barrier to peace and harmony. Listened to the experiences of Bro. Stephen Smith, Sister Huldah Duel, Emiline Stanley, Miss McBaen. A short time after listened to the experience of Brother VanDeusen. Upon the votes of the Brethern & Sisters the above mentioned candidates were received as candidates for Baptism. Deacon Alexander Harvey & his wife Miriam presented their letters for membership and were unanimously received.

Church on June 1, 1840

Met on covenant and opened the usual way, Prayer, Reading & Singing, that proceeded to take a fellowship and found a happy union. Bro. Abner Garrison & wife Perlina from our sister church in Galway presented their letter for membership and were unanimously received. Phebe Ann Winnie presented her experiences for connection with the church and was unanimously received. Sister Maria DuBois presented her letter from Shaftsbury and was unanimously received. James Price presented himself and offered his experiences for connection with the church and was received. Sister Hester McGiffith asked a letter to our sister church and was granted. Appointed Bros. Finch, Billings, Stephen Smith together with our pastor to represent us as delegates in the Association with our Sister church in __(Can’t make it out looks like FrudieBurhe[sic])

Oct 3, 1840

Church met in covenant but a few convened. Prayer and a few remarks by Elder Billett. Listened to the remarks and exhortations of number present and found that nothing existed to mar their union. Appointed Brothers Elias Billings, R. L. Sheldon together with L. H. Dillingham to act as a committee to settle with our pastor, P. D. Gillett. Letters granted as requested to Bro. P. D. Gillett & Wife, Bro. Amos Brister & Wife. Brother J. R. Parker presented a letter of recommendation from Greenwich Church & accepted.

Oct. 10, 1840

Settled with pastor P. D. Gillett

Nov. 14, 1840

Church met and transacted business. Members present Bros. E. Billings, Grant, Hanney, Green, John Billings, Osborn, Parker & Sheldon. After ascertaining the minds of all present it was agreed that an engagement should be made between Bro.Murphy and the church to supply the pulpit the coming winter but after mature thought and deliberation, it was thought best to obtain the minds of the church and society. As some had not heard him preach, also to preserve the feeling of union and good feeling that prevailed among the members before any further action. As the House belonging to the Baptist Church and Society had been frequently used for other purposes that that for which it was originally designed,the following resolution was passed.

Resolved: That the Doors of the Baptist Church be closed hereafter and forever against anything that is not of a religious character.

Dec. 4, 1840

Church met in Covenant meeting but few present, but what were present expressed their faith.

Feb. 1, 1841

Church met in Covenant meeting. Prayer by Bro. Billings. The Brethern & Sisters related their feelings toward each other and found that a good degree of union existed. After hearing the relation, it was thought best to make a final decision in regard to supplying the pulpit. It was decided that the Church should give Bro. Murphy $350.00 a year to supply the desk.

April 1841

Church met in covenant. The expression of feeling related indicate a firm union prevailed. Closed with prayer.

June 5, 1841

Brothers & Sisters met together in covenant relation and related their relations which were in perfect unison. They were led to mourn to see so much darkness & coldness pervail and all expressed a desire to behold a refreshing season from the Lord. After meeting in covenant it was thought best to appoint delegates to the association which is to convene on the 29 th of the present month. Whereupon it was moved and seconded that Bro. Murphy, our pastor, Bro. Billings, Bro. Finch, Bro. Service, Bro. Osborn & Bro Sheldon represent the church at the Association at Burnt Hills. Letters were received from Sandy Hill recommending Bro. Murphy & wife from Bottskill church recommending Sister Service to the watchful care of this church. Upon the motion of Bro. Finch, the persons mentioned were received in full communion.

Oct. 23, 1841

Brethern met in Church capacity and after Prayer, Bro. Murphy was appointed clerk pro tem. Voted that a collection be taken the first Sabbath of each month to help defray the incidental expense of the church and that brothers possessing real estate shall pay at the monthly collect one shilling each or more as they may judge proper. Stephen H. Dillingham was then unanimously elected treasurer of the church. No further business being before the meeting it was adjourned with no further date. J. Murphy, Clerk pro tem.

Saturday, Feb. 11, 1843

Church met to-day for prayer and conference. Bro. Garfild officiated as moderator, and Bro. Elias Billings was chosen clerk. After prayer and conversation, the following persons were received for baptism: Richard A. Betts, William Whaley, Betsey Bush, Caroline Pierce, Nicholas B. Jeffords, Wm. Service, Sarah B. Jeffords, Lucy Taylor, Ann Service, Hannah & Elizabeth Hammond, Rufus B. Childs. Received by letter the following: Bro. Benj. Taber & Polly his wife, Bro. Lewis Hill & Caroline Fenton, Sister Coon & Sister Hill. Bro. Thomas Clark requested letter of dismission which was cordially granted.

Saturday, Feb.1843

The church met to hear the experience of those who desired to be received as members of this church when immersed. Joseph W. Henry, Chas. B. Bush, Jonathan Whitman, Joseph Hill, Abram L. Taber, Eli B. Stanley, Phebe Ann Jeffords, Diana Rice, Saloma Gagger, Lucinda Worth.

Saturday, Feb. 25, 1843

Church met to receive all those desiring of becoming members when immersed. The following were received upon their experiences. Sister Alzina Henry, formerly immersed, Charlotte Ellis, Evexa Stanley, L. Crawford, Bro. Edward Armstrong, Fred L. Chatterton, Chauncey Howard, Edward Gidley, Earl Whitfore. At the close of receiving candidates the church proceeded to take into consideration the propriety to appoint a committee to meet another committee at Galesville to secure the service of Elder Garfield as pastor for ensuing year. Therefore it was moved and seconded that Bro. Rogers act as moderator. Resolved that a committee be appointed for this specified object. That committee to be Bros. Rogers, Billings & Sheldon. Resolved that Joshua Finch be released from duties of Clerk; that Bro. R. L. Sheldon be our clerk for the ensuing. Resolved that the expense be defrayed by the church and deducted from the collection received. Resolved that a treasurer be appointed to attend to the expenses and report at the end of the year. Therefore, Bro. R. S. Sheldon was appointed.

Feb. 25, 1843 R. S. Sheldon, Church Clerk

March 4, 1843

Church met to transact business and hear the experiences of those wishing to unite with the church and report of the committee on the object specified at the last meeting. Prayer by Bro. R. Perry. Bro. Rogers was unanimous appointed moderator. The experiences of those wishing to unite with the church was listened to, whereupon the following persons were received into our fellowship and watchful care when immersed: Hugh Conerty, Bro. James Duel, Bro. Philip Henry Nehr, Sister Margaret St. John, Susan Jefford, Caroline Haight, Bro. Joshua Service, Bro. Edward Nehr & Maria Nehr his wife. The report was now made by the moderator. Moved that the same acct.[sic] meet in addition with Joshua Finch & F. Y. Dillingham to meet the committee at Galesville. Move that the said committee have discretory power to make the best of the arrangement.

Saturday, March 11, 1843

Church met and after a prayer, listened to the experiences of the following who desired after immersion to become members of this church: Daniel P. Hartwell, Ruth Whaley, Sarah Hartwell, Phebe Ann Hartwell, Charlotte Tobey.

March 25, 1843

The following persons were received as members when baptized: Oscar Whitford, Ruth McQuithy, Charlotte Lindsey, Paul W. Dennis, Joseph Grant. After hearing the relations of the above persons, it was resolved that the above committee appointed to secure the services of Bro. Garfield for the ensuing year should have power to make the best arrangements with the committee of the sister church at Galesville. The power to extend $300.00 with securing his location in the village of Schuylerville. If this arrangement could not be made, then the committee was to accpt Bro. Garfields offer of $100.00 and fire wood with expectation of donations. Closed by prayer by Bro. Elias Billings.

April 8, 1843

Church met to renew covenant. Bro. Billings read a Psalm & Prayer was offered by Bro. Finch to the throne of Grace. Then we listened to the remarks of the brothers & sisters present and were happy to find a uniform feeling existing, Love & Joy seemed to abound in every heart, perfect union in our midst. Nothing existing to mar the happiness & prosperity of our church. Much interest in the experiences of the new born souls & many spoke this day in a covenant meeting for the first time. Truly the Lord is in our midst. Between 70 & 80 present. The following persons were admitted as candidates when immersed: Chester Gleason, Phoebe Whitford, Elizabeth Wright. R. S. Sheldon, Church Clerk

Sabbath, May 14, 1843

At close of service following persons were added to the church after immersion: Courtland Howland, Mary Ann West, Angelette Wright, Mary Blake, Sister Josefine Howland (Wife of Courtland), Margaret Smith. R. S. Sheldon, Clerk

Sabbath, June 4, 1843

At the close of the service the following persons offered themselves to become members of the church upon their experiences in religion. To fellowship upon being examined, being perfectly satisfied, they were received when immersed. Wm. B. Mosher, John Robins, Isaac Merritt Wheeler, Nicholas Clute, Potter – Florelba Billings colored girl, Mrs. Potter

R. S. Sheldon, Church Clerk

June 10, 1843

Church met in covenant meeting and after hearing from the brothers & sisters, union was found to prevail and the cause of our Redeemer was close in each heart. The Lord is verily in our midst. Sinners are flocking to the Standard of Christ. Let praise be rendered to God along. The following persons presented themselves if satisfactory evidence be given. Relations being satisfac they were accepted after immersion. Sister Polly Robins, Lucinda Patterson. The following persons were received by letter: Smith Somes & Fanny his wife from Stillwater, Bro. Seneca Wheeler & sister Nancy from Church in Milton. John Holmes received when immersed. Bro. Chauncey Howard presented a request for a letter to join a church in Troy but for reasons thought best but not revealed, it was thought best to waive the request. 60 present. After covenant it was thought best to attend to business as it was very necessary – therefore proceeded to attend to the following. The following persons were appointed as delegates to the Association at Amsterdam: Bro. B. F. Garfield, Bro. Finch, Bro. Elias Billings. R. S. Sheldon, Church Clerk

Sabbath, July 3, 1843

The following presented themselves with a view of uniting with the church and upon relating their experiences they were unanimously received: Henry W. Peck, Malinda Peck, Mary Ann Peck.

Saturday, August 12, 1843

Church met in covenant. Prayer by our pastor, Bro. B. F. Garfield. The brethern related to each other their views and feelings. There was found peace & Joy, fellowship, Love constant & steadfast. There were present some precious souls who were desirous to unite with our body if found worthy. After listening to their experiences in Religion, it was thought best to waive the hearing of the sisters remarks until these precious souls had spoken. After listening to the candidates, it was found a source of Joy to have the privilege of receiving the following persons as brothers and sisters after immersion. They were William Rouse, Margaret Rouse, Sutfin, Wm. F. Gaylord, Mary E. Brown, Deborah Burt. Sister Robins who presented herself to unite with us was formerly a member of a sister church in Rome, but had no letter therefore it was resolved to instruct the clerk that he should communicate with the sister church in Rome and obtain a letter. Sister Rebecca Kelsey was received by letter. Closed with prayer.

R. S. Sheldon, Clerk.

 

 

August 26, 1843

Church met to transact business. Meeting opened by prayer by Bro. Elias Billings. Singing. After stating the object by Bro. Elias Billings, it was resolved that the object of appointing a deacon should be moved to the next covenant meeting if there was time. Bro. B. F. Garfield acted as moderator. The subject of retaining the Bass voil[sic] in the church and after hearing the minds and views of the brethern, it was resolved that the instrument should be retained and used when the owner saw fit. Bro. E. Billings placed before the church a complaint that Bro. Thomas Finch was a delinquent and of a character that ought not be sustained by the church. Therefore after hearing the evidence, it was resolved to withdraw our fellowship entirely from him, therefore he stands excommunicated from the body. The cases of Sister Whaley & Sister Hammond came up and from the nature of the cases it was deemed necessary that a committee be appointed to investigate the matter. Therefore the following persons were appointed a committee: Brother Elias Billings, Pardon Duel, Bro. Richard Swartourt, this committee are authoized to look into the case of William Whaley. The case of Sister Floretta Billings was brought up and disposed of in the following manner: that she be suspended from fellowship for the time being for an investigation. Bro. Sheldon was appointed to inform Bro. Jeffords that the Bass Voil is still retained and to exhort him and his family to return to his place in the church. Bro. Hanna was appointed to visit Sister Ann Brown and to see the reason why she leaves this church and communes with churches of other denominations, and why she does not fill her place in this church. It is to be reported at next covenant meeting. Closed with prayer. R. S. Sheldon, Church Clerk

Sept 9, 1843

Covenant meeting and present about fifty. A good union existing. Love continues in our midst. Verily the Lord is present. After attending to and hearing the feelings, a candidate presented herself for admission & upon hearing her relations & being perfectly satisfied, it was unanimously voted she be received and recorded as a member after being immersed. Her name is Susan Mayhew. At the close of the covenant meeting, it was thought best to attend to some business as a sufficient time presented itself. The first business was the appointment of some deacons in addition with the present. After mature deliberation, it was voted by ballot that Bro. Richard Swartourt should act as one of our Deacons, and Bro. Paul Dennis by raise of hands. Both of which were approved by the church. Report of the cases of Sister Whaley & Hammond by the committee were favorable and all agreeably settled, accepted by church. Case of Sister Ann Brown reported unfavorable & gave no satisfaction. Excluded by vote for disorderly walk – having no regard for the church. R. S. Sheldon

Nov. 11, 1843

Mary Maxwell presented herself as a candidate for immersion and after listening to her experiences, voted she be received after immersion. R. S. Sheldon

Dec. 1843

Church met in covenant and after listening to the remarks of the brethern & Sisters found that peace and harmony still prevailed. The following persons presented themselves as candidates for reception, and after listening to their experiences were unanimously received after immersion: Maria Wroth, Louisa Follett, Mr. & Mrs. N. Pary, Pamelia Mitchell, Maria Hamilton, Mary Walker, Abner Brown, Henry Duel, Susan & Robert Cronk. The following persons were received by letter: Eliza Cross, Isaac Jacob, William Henry, Catherine & Sarah Lansing, Maria Wright, Lansing & Mary Morrison.

Jan. 17, 1844

The following persons were received upon their experiences who were formerly immersed: Sister Johnson, Anna & Dennison Willard, Hannah Willard. The following were received by immersion: Sister Ellen Chube, Maria Thompson, Jerusha Ricard. Mary Ann Hewitt stands as a candidate. R. S. Sheldon, Church Clerk

Saratoga, Jan. 27, 1844

Church met according to notice to transact business. Bro. Rogers was appointed moderator. Prayer by Bro. Elias Billings. The object for which the meeting was called by the moderator whereupon Bro. Billings arose and informed us the main object of the meeting was the liquidation of the church debt of about $200. Motion made and seconded a committee of three be formed to circulate subscriptions to get sum sufficient to pay above mentioned sum. Carried. Found Bro. John Holmes, Wm. Rouse and Paul Dennis act as that committee. Bro. Elias Billings laid before the church the case of Sister Whaley, daughter and son, and from the information & report it was found necessary to exclude them. Therefore it was moved to exclude them and carried. Moved that Floretta, the colored girl, be excluded for immoral conduct. No satisfac being given. It was carried. Moved that Orson Duel be excluded, that from the fact his conduct has been and now is, far from a christian course, deserting his wife and living with another Woman. Motion carried. A committee be appointed to visit Sister Nancy St John & Bro Joseiah St John and ascertain the reason for their delinquency. Committee -–Bro. B. F. Garfield, John Holmes and Bro. Elias Billings. Also same committee are to visit Bro. R. A. Betts and ascertain what the act is that requires the church to labor with him and the committee report both cases at the next communication. Bro. R. S. Sheldon was appointed to make out a list of church members and put such sums opposite their respective names as was their share to cancel the contingent debt formerly made. Richard S. Sheldon, Church Clerk.

Saturday, Feb. 10, 1844

Covenant season opened by singing and a prayer offered by Bro. Elias Billings. Listened to the remarks of brothers & sisters and found that union, love & Christian fellowship are firmly & devotedly cherished in their midst. Between 60 & 70 present. Three persons presented themselves as candidates for immersion to become members of the church. Listening to the Christian experiences of the above persons and being fully satisfied that they have been born again, it was voted that they should become members when immersed. Names – Sister Ann Munn, Margaret Bacon, Francis C. Cronkhilen. Sister Robins in August last applied for admission into the church. A letter was demanded but presenting none, the clerk was instructed to write to the church in Rome she had formerly attended and ask for one and obtaining none, this church consented to listed to her experiences & receive her. (She having been formerly immersed) Her relation being perfectly satisfactory it was resolved unanimously to receive her. Business Meeting announced. A unanimous vote was taken that Rev. B. F.Garfield be called to fill the desk the coming year. Resolved a committee be appointed to visit Rev. B. F. Garfield and ascertain if he cannot be obtained for another year. That Committee was Bro. Wm. Rouse, E. Billings, Swartourt Rogers & Peck. Received by letter Bro. B. F. Garfield, Sarah Garfield and Elizabeth Gry.

Feb. 23, 1844

Church met in business meeting opened by choosing Bro. Thomas Rogers moderator. Bro. Billings read a chapter & prayed. Report of Treasurer was called for & when heard it was voted it be accepted. Voted & carried that Bro. R. S. Sheldon be church clerk for coming year. Also our treasurer for ensuing year, and that the tax list made out by R. S. Sheldon be accepted. Motioned & Seconded that a prudential committee be appointed to confer with the treasurer in regard to the expense & other business for the benefit of the church, and that committee was voted to be Bro. Jacob Osborn & Bro. Richard Swartourt. Richard S. Sheldon, Church Clerk

March 9 1844

Church met in covenant meeting. Bro. Billings opened by prayer. Listed to the experience & feelings of the brothers & Sisters and found that unity, peace & harmony still prevailed in our midst. William Robins presented himself as a candidate for immersion and after listening to his experience and, being fully satisfied, voted him into fellowship when immersed.

Polly Pettis presented herself from the Stillwater West Baptist Church and received. Report called for in reference to hiring the Rev. B. F. Garfield was deferred to the 16 th . Closed by prayer offered by Bro. Garfield. Meeting of the church to take into consideration the propriety of securing the services of Rev. B. F. Garfield for coming year. Opened by prayer by Bro. Richard Swartourt. Bro. O. Baker was appointed moderator. Report of the committee who conferred with Elder Garfield was called for. The result was that this church ought to allow him four hundred & seventy-five dollars. R. S. Sheldon, Church Clerk

April 6, 1844

Meeting in covenant and found a good degree of christian feeling prevelant and Harmony, union & peace reigns in our midst. After listening to the remarks of the brethern & sisters present, some necessary business came before the church. Bro. R. A. Betts was reported as walking disorderly and his general conduct was far from a christian. He being time & again entreated to reform. Therefore Bros. Billings, Tabor & Swartourt were appointed to mee Bro. Betts. Bro. N. Brown was reported as unworthy of remaining longer in the church. His case one of a most aggravating character. He was excluded by an unanimous vote. Sister S. Gagger asked a letter from this church to unite with some other church which was granted. Brother Joshua Finch was appointed to see Bro. Jeffords & family to see why they do not attend church & other meetings of the church. Church appointed next Saturday. Adjourned.

Note: Voted that the committee appointed to hire Rev. B. F. Garfield also act as committee to collect & settle with him. R. S. Sheldon, Clerk

Saratoga, April 12, 1844

Church met according to announcement. Prayer by Bro G. F. Garfield. The first thing before the meeting is what is the best way of disposing of the slips. Report of the committee regarding Bro. Betts was such that the church felt that it was not their duty to walk any longer with him. Therefore, he is excluded by an unanimous vote. Resolved that the slips be disposed of by a vandue[sic] sale the 1 st Monday in May. Voted & carried that if the ministers salary could not be made out by subscription, the church in a body should raise the amount by taxation on each member according to their property. R. S. Sheldon, Church Clerk

May 4, 1844

Covenant season, Love & Union presided. The following presented themselves as candidates for immersion who were received upon their exp__Sister Winnie, John VanDerwerker who stands. Sister Jane Blanchard presents a letter from Galesville Church. Also Sister Hannah Freeman from Fort Ann church and were cordially received. R. S. Sheldon

June 1, 1844

Covenant season. Harmony continues generally with the exception of Bro. Hanny family & Bro. McKinster. A committee of four were appointed to investigate the matter and report. The following were appointed delegates to the Association: Bros. Billings, Finch, Swartourt & Sheldon. Received by letter Brother Henry Moon, Sister Hannah Moon, Sister Lyon.

R. S. Sheldon, Church Clerk

June 15

Church business meeting to hear the report of the five committee concerning the affair of Bro. Hanney & McKinstry. Reported all settled amicably. Sister Betts was reported as departing from the church vows and committing deeds greatly detrimental to christian Religion. Bro. J. M. Tabor appointed to visit and report. R. S. Sheldon, Church Clerk

July 1, 1844

Covenant season. No special interest but the same degree of union prevails. After listening to the views and feelings of the members present, heard the report of Bro. Tabor. It not being satisfactory, it was unanimously resolved that the fellowship of the church be withdrawn from Sister Betts. Therefore she was excluded. R. S. Sheldon, Church Clerk

August 1, 1844

Covenant season. Nothing as yet has entered our ranks to mar our happiness and union as a church. R. S. Sheldon, Church Clerk

Sept. 1, 1844

Church covenant. Love abounds and the members greet each other with Christian Feeling. Bros. Osborn, Duel & Sheldon were appointed to see how reasonably a gallery could be erected and raise subscriptions for same. Also superintend the same. R. S. Sheldon, Clerk

Nov. 9, 1844

Special meeting of the church called. The object of the meeting being called was the report that Bro. Joseph Henry had been walking disorderly and conducted in such a manner as to call forth the immediate action of the church. After deliberate consultation as to the correct course, it was resolved that further action be suspended until the following Saturday. During the recess, he was written to by Bro. Jacob Osborn & informed of the adjournment & requested to be present the coming Saturday. Adjourned to Saturday Next.

 

 

Nov. 16, 1844

Church met according to adjournment. The action laid upon the table in respect to Brother Joseph Henry was called for. Bro. Garfield asked for information as to whether he had been written to & if anyone had heard from him. Whereupon Bro. Jacob Osborn said that he had received a letter which said that he requested a further postponement & in fact the letter was of such a character as not to warrant the church to made another adjournment. Accordingly the church from information received from his wife and from conversation that some of the members had with Bro. Henry previous to the call of special meeting, was satisfied that the fellowship heretofore existed should be withdrawn and he be excluded. Motion carried unanimously. Charge was: Gross abuse of his wife by beating, pounding, kicking & turning out of doors & lastly threatening with abusive language to take her life. R. S. Sheldon

Dec. 1, 1844

Church met at covenant. Harmony still prevails. Those members present expressed a deep desire to see once more the Stately goings of our Heavenly Redeemer and mourn deeply the cold state the church appears to be in. The prayer was "Lord renew thy work". Received by letter, Sister Elizabeth Wing from Bottskill Baptist church & Bro. D. R. Chadwick by letter from 2 nd Baptist Church of Stillwater, Henry C. W. Moore R. S. Sheldon, Clerk

Feb. 22, 1845

Church met in business meeting and accepted reports as given. Motion passed in order that the debt now resting upon the church could be cancelled. Shall be paid out of the monthly expenses and that each member pay one shilling or more at each communion if on hand – if not can forward it at the next communion. If anyone thinks that one shilling too much they can give as much as they can with an honest heart. Report of Committee Bro. Rouse, Peck, Wheeler respecting Bro. John Robins. No satisfaction given therefore he was excluded for Profanity and immoral conduct. Bro. P. Dennis, Wm. Rouse & O. Bates were appointed to confer with Bro. Garfield in regard to supplying the desk another year and to report next Sabbath. Bro. R. S. Sheldon was appointed Clerk & Treasurer for the coming year, and Bros. Wm. F. Gaylord & Jacob Osborn as prudential committee. The members present voted to sustain Wm. J. Shaw for six months after the first of May. Adjourned to next Saturday covenant season.

Saturday, March 1, 1845

Church met in covenant season about forty members all expressing a desire of love & union, deeply regretted to hear the low state of religion on account of the chastisement by Providence in removing from our circle by death and sickness. It was resolved that we spend the next Tuesday as a day of Humiliation & Prayer and beseech God once more to visit us in mercy and water this plantation. Heard the report of the committee which was that Bro. Garfield offered to remain with us for $475.00 from First of May Next. Accepted by those present viz: J. M Tabor, J. F. Duel, G. Hartwell, Wm. Gaylord, Chas. & E. Nehr, Henry Peck, Paul Dennis, O. Bates, Wm. Rouse, S. R. Finch, D. Wheeler, D. Rouse, Nicholas A. Hanna, N. Billings, Sam. Green, Jos Finch, R. S. Sheldon, A. Peck, J. Osborn, Sutfin C. Howland, C. B.Winnie, G. Tabor, H. Conneaughty, Jesse Clements, M. Patterson, R. Perry, D. M Chadwick, Stephen Smith. Noted a letter to Bro. H. C. Moon & Family. R. S. Sheldon, Church Clerk

April 12, 1845

Church met to transact business and to hear the reports of the Committee appointed to visit delinquents. B. F. Garfield moderator. Galusha Service, clerk pro tem. The committee to visit Seth S. Wroath not being in readiness the church substit[sic] Bro. Hanney & Nehr. Committee of Bro. Tabor reported no satisfaction given & in the opinion the hand of fellowship should be withdrawn which was done unanimously. Bro. Garfield & Billings appointed to visit Bro. Stanley. Garfield & Service to visit Bro. St. John & Wife. Voted that hereafter we have church meetings every three months commencing third Saturday in June. Bro. Holmes & Billings visit Bro. J.C.Jeffords. The committee on Sister Wrouth returned and reported which was laid over.Voted we sell the slips on the first Monday in May next.R.S.Sheldon Church Clerk

May 2, 1845

Took a vote of whole church which was unanimous to sustain Bro. Garfield for the ensuing year at $475.00

June 21, 1845

Met in covenant meeting. Peace & Harmony yet remains. No great degree of warmth of religious feeling. Sister Lucinda Wrouth came again. Came up and disposed of the said exclusion saying it was the desire of said sister to be excluded. R. S. Sheldon, Clerk

July 1845

Met in Covenant meeting. Same degree of coldness still present. But concord & peace still is in our midst. A. L. Tabor applied for letter of dismission which was granted.R S Sheldon

Aug – September

Met in covenant meeting. Coldness still is manifested, but love & union expressed by all present. After hearing the feelings of the members, we listed to the experience of Wm. Thorn Jr. who presented himself as a candidate for admission into the church. Which was of such a character as to warm our hearts, and ere we dispersed the disciples were made to rejoice over our dear soul who was full of the love of Christ and although the commencement was cold, the closing scene was a warm one. The candidate was unanimously received by vote. Sister Mary Walker, now Sister Scofield asked for a letter of Dismission which was granted. R. S. Sheldon, Clerk

Sept. 1845

Met in covenant and after hearing the expression of those present, the case of Brother Willard came up and the charge being so bad it was resolved to exclude which was done. Charge being the constant use of Profane Language. R. S. Sheldon

Oct. 1845

Met in covenant but a poorly number were present. Deep feeling was exhibited and all felt desirous of to engage once more in doing their duty. Our God surely was in their midst. A good time of rejoicing in the name of our Saviour. Bro. Hill asked for a letter of dismission which was granted. Sister Almira present a letter which was received. R. S. Sheldon

 

 

Nov. 15, 1845

Church met in business capacity. Opened by prayer. The first business brought up was the case of some of the delinquents. Sister Hammond and Bro. and sister St. John. Bro. Duel & Hanna were appointed committee to visit sister Hammond and ascertain the reason she absents herself from church & its privileges & report this after-noon. Said committee returned and reported that the reasons offered were satisfactory. Report accepted and case discharged. Bro. Garfield & Service to visit Bro. and sister St. John & report at next covenant meeting. The office of Deacon made vacant by death of Deacon Swartourt. It was voted practical to supply the vacancy of deaconship and that it be decided at next covenent meeting by ballot. The majority elect the candidate. The debt of the meeting house next in order. Voted a committee of six be appointed to inform themselves what each member is worth over & above their liabilities, and assess the balance after getting all the subscriptions that can be obtained from non-taxable. That committee be Bros. Henry W. Peck, Wm. Rouse, Paul Dennis, Thomas Rogers, Elias Billings and B. F. Garfield. Voted that inasmuch as Bro. Finch has had many misfortunes in his family that his original subscription be reduced one-half. R. S. Sheldon, Church Clerk

March 23, 1846

Annual meeting of the church to supply offices made vacant by expiration. Opened by a prayer by Bro. Garfield Prs. Office of Clerk filled by R. S. Sheldon. Report of Treasurer called for & after listening to the disbursements of moneys received by collections, having all satisfactorily explained, it was voted to accept the report. Bro. Sheldon was re-elected Treasurer. Bros. Duel, Osborn & Gaylord to associate with the clerk as prudential Comm. For the ensuing year. The case of Bro. Drou came up and after hearing the opinions it was voted Bro. Homes visit him in a private capacity. Bro. Holmes was also authorized to receive from Bro. DeVoe might give him and to give him a receipt on behalf of the church on any sum he might pay. But if Bro. Devoe should give him $15.00 to give him a receipt for the whole $25 on his subscription. Bro. Sheldon stated that in making up the account due Bro. Dillingham for the meeting house, he had made an error which he felt bound to cancel. After hearing the facts, it was voted to release Bro. Sheldon from the error. Voted that Bro. Billings be paid for services rendered in collecting money to cancel the meeting hous debt. The propriety of supply ing the desk for the coming year came up next. It was vote that we have the desk supplied and that we give Elder Garfield a call. Bro. Garfield being present he was called upon to say for what salary he would stay the ensuing year. Reply was $475.00. It was immediately voted to accept him on his term of $475.00. It was voted that the principle of equality be adopted & in case of deficency of the salary assessment be made on the balance of the subscription. The following persons who voted for the support of Bro. B. F. Garfield for the ensuing year were: Bros. Hanna, Sheldon, Dennis, Grant, Peck, Gaylord, Duel, Holmes, Howland & Hartwell. Bro. Sheldon as church clerk placed before the church for their wisdom & discretion, a complaint preferred against Sister Freeman for misrepresentation and Falsehood. The church in their wisdom thought best to lay the complaint upon the table for future action & appointed Bro. Hanna to visit Sister Fenton to consent to have the affair laid before five brethern and there cancel the affair without bringing it direct before the church but if the plaintiff would not consent then it would have to be brought before the church direct and would have a fair investigation. Bro. Hanna to report at next meeting covenant. Voted that we adjourn to the 4 th of April next at 1 o’clock. R.S. Sheldon

Monday, April 27, 1846

Selling of the slips and immediately after the case of Sister Fenton against sister Freeman was presented and accpted. Motion made we attend to the complaint first thing at the business meeting next Saturday at one o’clock. Resolved our clerk give notice to our pastor as to time and place.

May 2, 1846

Church met in a business capacity to attend to the charge preferred above. After singing and a prayer offered by Rev. B. F. Garfield. Bro. Joshua Finch was appointed moderator. The charge or complaint was called for & read as follows:

1 st That she put six shillings worth of braid on the complainants hat and then denying saying so. The statement of witness on the second step was called for. After hearing the testimony, closing up that Sister Freeman said that she had no recollection of making that statement as charged. Sisten Fenton was called upon to sustain her charges by her witness. They were Sister Garfield & Sister Brown. Sister Garfield testified that Sister Freeman informed her that she put on six shillings worth of braid but did not say anything about the price of the braid or how many braids were put on. Sister Brown testified that Sister Freeman informed her that she put six shillings worth of braid on Sister Fenton’s hat and that she was dissatisfied. Received this information before the complaint was perferred. The church thinks that Sister Fenton ought to be satisfied and ought to bear & Forbear from the fact that there is a possibility of a mistake.

2 nd Charge Slandering, Calling complainant Liar. Sister Brown called, testified that when, in conversation with Sister Freeman about the braid she (Said Sister Freeman), she said she was a noted liar. Sister Freeman said that Mrs. Brown came in to settle a bill and in conversation said that Mrs. Brown dealt more honorable that those who talked to Mrs. Brown against her. My object was not to tell, or to create disturbance but was urged warmly by Mrs. Brown and mentioned the names of Miss E. Pierce and Sybil Brownell. "She says you do not put on as much braid as you charge for and make them pay for. Sister Fenton’s name, to my recollection was not mentioned once.". Sister Brown says that she went in to settle her bill. She had trouble enough of her own & did not wish to trouble others & during the time Sister Freeman said something about Sister Fenton. She said (Sister Brown) would know some thing about her. When you get acquainted with her you will find that she is a noted liar.

Charge not sustained. R. S. Sheldon, Church Clerk

May 5, 1846

Received a letter from Bottskill Church in regard to Mrs. Edmund Furguson (formerly Miss Abigail Hill). Decided that from the information contained in the letter, our jurisdiction became void & if whe was received into the Bottskill church she had better come in upon her experience instead of a letter from this church, which the church did not feel warranted in so doing. Brother Philip Nehr applied for a letter of dismission to join the Lansingburgh church. Also Sister Bean the same to join in Troy. Granted. Bro. R. S. Sheldon requested a dismission from this body but not giving any reason for such request. Voted to move the request to some future time. R. S. Sheldon, Clerk

 

 

 

June 1 1846

Business done at covenant season.

1 st Appointed the following brethern as delegated to the Association to be held at Stillwater: Bro. B. F. Garfield, Bro. Reuben Perry, Deac. Elias Billings, Joshua Finch, Alexander Hanna, Edward Nehr.

2 nd Resolved that Bro. Sheldon’s request wishing for a letter under the circumstance has he did, is contrary to the spirit & Genius of the Gospel & the usage of the Baptist Denomination. Note – Bro. Sheldon did not request a letter of any kind therefore his request has not been acted upon.

3 Resolved that upon the report of Bro. Joshua Finch, we withdraw the hand of fellowship from sister Phebe Ann Jeffords

4 Resolved that we receive into our fellowship Sister Harris upon her experience by Baptism. Rev. B. F. Garfield, Clerk pro tem

Dec. 12, 1846

Church met in business capacity. Prayer by Bro. Reuben Perry. Rev. B. F. Garfield in the chair. Motion that six be appointed to visit delinquents: Bros. R. Perry, Duel, Osborn, Billings, Henry Peck & Otis Bates to act as a committee and report at next covenant meeting. The financial affairs as kept by the treasurer & secretary after ascertaining that the expenses for the year of 1845 was not liquidated & no funds in the treasury and the collections not sufficient to defray any more than the present expenses. Amount found due on the church $52.00 which amount be raised by voluntary subscription. The old church debt was called up and the report made it had been paid & cancelled. Adjourn to Saturday the 19 th at l o’clock.

R. S. Sheldon, Church Clerk

Dec. 19, 1846

Met pursuant to adjournment. Voted that every member of the church male & female be required to contribute their just & equal portion to sustain the ministry of the gospel and all the contingent expenses of the church according to the ability each possess.

Voted – That Bro. Paul Dennis & Joseph Grant be added to the list to visit the delinquents. Voted – that Bro. Hanney be our collector to collect the arrears on the ministerial year of 1845 & be paid for service. Bro. Garfield requested that his ministerial year be 11 months instead of 12 mo. Thus bringing it to April 1 instead of May 1 each year. Not acted upon. R. S. Sheldon, Clerk

Feb. 7, 1847

Bro. Garfield sent in his resignation as pastor of the church which, upon motion of Bro. Dennis, was unanimously accepted. Therefore Bro. Garifield’s labors are closed with this church. R. S. Sheldon, Church Clerk

March 20, 1847

Met in church business meeting. On motion, Bro. Henry W. Peck presided. Resolved that Deac. Elias Billings should receive five dollars, Bro. Alex Hanna should receive two dollars, for services rendered in collecting monies to pay Bro. B. F. Garfield. Which amount is to be paid out of the contingent fund. Voted that Bros. Henry W. Duel, Jacob Osborn, Chas. P. Bush & John Billings be our prudential committee for the ensuing year in place of Sheldon, Osborn, Duel & Gaylord whose term expires this day. Voted that Bro. Jacob Osborn be our Clerk & Treasurer for the ensuing year in place of Richard Sheldon whose term of office expires this day.

Richard S. Sheldon, Church Clerk

April 6, 1847

Met in covenant meeting. Few present, but a desire to see the united efforts of all the members to advance the Redeemers interest & cause in the church & hearts of his people. Received by letter Sister Naomi Hill from church in Patterson. Jacob Osborn, Church Clerk

April 25, 1847

Sabbath Morning after services, had an interesting prayer meeting. Moved & Seconded that Elder Mason preach to us & administer the ordinances of the Lord’s supper to the members of this church the first Sunday in May. Rec’d by unanimous vote. Also a committee of two, Bro. Henry Peck & Bro. Otis Bates to visit Bro. Willard and report to eh church next Saturday in covenant meeting. Bro. Wandall to receive a call from the same committee.

Jacob Osborn, Church Clerk

Saturday, May 1, 1847

Church met in covenant. Prayer by Bro. Duel. After the usual exercises heard the report of Bros. Otis Bates & Henry Peck. It was voted to exclude Willard Jeffords & Sister Hammond for covenant breaking. Voted that Bros. Bates, Duel & Henry Peck be a committee to visit Sister R. S. Sheldon, George Tabor, Sister Fenton, Sister Potter, Susanna Thomson & John C. Jeffords & report at next covenant meeting. Jacob Osborn, Clerk

May 1, 1847

On Saturday covenant meeting the following brothers were elected deacons: Otis Bates, E. Hanna, Henry Peck.

June 5, 1847

Met in covenant meeting but few present. Those present expressed an anxious desire for the union of the church & the prosperity of Zion (don’t know what that means-typist note)

Sabbath Morning & Communion

Heard an able discourse from the Rev. Mr. Hutchinson. A very good congregation out. In the after-noon heard another discourse from the same bro. and partookof the bread & wine from his hand. After Communion, the church voted to send a letter to the Association and the following brothers were selected delegated to go to the Association: Bro. Edward Newton, Bro. Jacob Osborn & Bro. E. Billings. Moved, seconded & voted that Bro. E. Billings write a letter to Rev. Chas. B. Keyes to have him come & preach for us the last two Sabbaths in June. Sister Mary Whitman called for a letter to join some other church of the same faith & order and it was granted. Bro. & Sister Somes requested a letter to join the Baptist Church in Stillwater which was unanimously granted. Jacob Osborn, Church Clerk

June 26, 1847

Sabbath Morning. After services the members of the church was requested ____for the purpose of taking some action to fill the desk. Resolved that Bro. Jacob Osborn write a letter to the Rev. Wm Hutchinson and have him come to fill our desk for an indefinite time, with a view of a more permanent arrangement. Jacob Osborn, Church Clerk

July 3, 1847

Church met in covenant. 11 members present. Enjoyed a very good season, all lamented the state of the church and wanted to see the time come when love, union & the spirit of our Redeemer might dwell in every heart. After hearing the minds of those present, it was voted to rescind the vote that was passed on May 7 1847 constituting Bros. Bates, Duel & Henry Peck as a committee to visit Bro. R. S. Sheldon, George Tabor, Sister Fenton, Sister Potter and Susanna Thomson. Resolved that Deac. O. J. Bates & Bro. R. Perry be a committee to visit Bro. R. S. Sheldon and report immediately to the church. Heard the report of the Comm. in reference to Bro. Sheldon’s case. It was an unanimous vote that Bro. R. S. Sheldon be excluded from the church for refusing to comply with its decisions and disfellowshiping the church.

Jacob Osborn, Church Clerk

July 3, 1847

Sister Maria Hamilton requested for letter to join the Botskill church. It was granted by an unanimous vote. Jacob Osborn, Clerk

July 26, 1847

Sabbath Morning. After hearing a sermon from the Rev. Wm Hutchinson, Sister Betsey Cooley presented a letter of Recommendation and wished to join this church. She was rec’d by unanimous vote. A letter was presented by Sister C. A. Hemstreet to join this church. She was received by unanimous vote A request was sent to the church as you will find below and read as follows: The Baptist Church of Schuylerville are respectfully requested to give Mr. R. S. Sheldon information in regard to the resolution passed at the last covenant meeting. If the church does not intend to grant him a hearing regarding the charge made in the resolution, he feels it his duty to call for a council to act on the premises. Mr Sheldon trusts that the church will no longer trifle with the subject. The action of the church on the R. S. Sheldon request as follows: On motion by Bro. E. Billings and seconded by Deacon E. Hanna and put by Bro. E. Billings that the action of the church was right – his exclusion just and unavoidable – and could not think that a hearing or a council would have any good effect. Carried by an unanimous vote.

Jacob Osborn, Church Clerk

July 30, 1847

Sunday morning. Preaching by Rev. Wm. Hutchinson and communion after service. A very good representation of the church present. After communion the church formed in a business meeting. Bro. Elias Billings was approved moderator and took the chair. The subject was Elder Hutchinson to become pastor of this church and after due deliberation, the church voted to accpt Elder Hutchinson’s proposition, which is as follows: To pay him quarterly at the rate of five hundred dollars per year, and a donation from the first of August 1847 to April 1, 1847---and in addition to the above to Elder Hutchinson house rent, now on his hands in Amsterdam, at the rate of $75 per year. And if the house can be rented after Elder Hutchinson leaves it, the church must enjoy the benefit of the sum be it more or less. Also vote to pay Elder Hutchinson moving expenses from Amsterdam to Schuylerville. A request was presented coming from the Saratoga Baptist Association requesting us to send our pastor and two Brothers to sit in council with brethern from other churches with the church in Wilton at the home of Deac. Carr on the 11 day of August at 10 o’clock. Voted – That at any future time when two thirds of the male members of this church shall decide at any legal meeting of the church by vote that the pastorate of Elder Hutchinson ought to cease, it may cease by giving three months prior notice in writing by the pastor or the people.

Sept. 5, 1847

Church met in covenant meeting. After hearing the feeling of those present, Sister Sabrina Brown & her daughter request letters to unite with some other church of the same faith & denomination, which was granted. Also a request from the Wilton Church to send our pastor & one brethern to sit in council with them to try Elder Jackson for charges they have against him. This the church resolved to lay on the table. Resolved that hereafter our church letters shall be written to be valid for one year only. Jacob Osborn, Church Clerk

Oct. 11, 1847

The Galesville Baptist Church requested the Schuylerville Baptist Church to send our Pastor & two Brethern to sit in council with them for the purpose of ordaining Bro. J. R. Marion to the work of the gospel ministry. Jacob Osborn, Clerk

Oct. 30, 1847

Sister Mary Ann Gietly requested a letter to unite with some other church of the same faith & order. Granted by unanimous vote. Jacob Osborn, Clerk

Saturday, Nov. 6, 1847

Church met in covenant, few present. After hearing the minds of those present, Rev. Wm. Hutchinson presented his letter with those of his wife & daughter to unite with this church & was rec’d by unanimous vote. Received by letter Nov. 6 Bro. Daniel Chadwick & sister Sally Maria Babcok. R. S. Sheldon being present, all matters of difficulty heretofore existing between him & the church, was the subject of conversation and after a frank & free discussion of all existing difficulties, the Church voted to rescind the action of the church on the 3 rd of July which excluded him & received him again in full fellowship with the church. Jacob Osborn, Clerk

Saturday, Dec. 4, 1847

Church met in covenant, but few present. Prayer by Elder Hutchinson. A good degree of feeling was expressed and evidence in full that the Spirit of the Lord was with us. All expressed a desire to see the cause of our Redeemer advanced in this place and more particular in our own church, a good degree of union prevail Jacob Osborn, Clerk

Jan. 1848 the 23

Sabbath after the Sermon. Resolved we sell the slips to the best bidders on Wednesday, Feb. 9, 1848.

February 5, 1848

Met in covenant about fourteen present. Prayer by Elder Hutchinson. Had a good meeting and a good degree of union expressed by all present. Jacob Osborn

Feb. 26, 1848

Met in regular church meeting. Prayer by Elder Hutchinson. The report of Treasurer heard & accpted. Resolved that Jacob Osborn be our clerk & Treasurer for 1848. Resolved Bro. J. Osborn & Duel be our prudential committee for coming year. The above committee was appointed in place of Henry Duel, Charity Bush, John Billings & Jacob Osborn.

March 11, 1848

Church met in covenant. Being absent myself cannot say more about meeting. Resolved Letter of Dismission be granted Bro. Rogers Finch & Wife to unite with some other church of same faith & ordinance.

March 1, 1848

Church met in covenant meeting but few present. All enjoyed a degree of the good Spirit of God, felt to mourn the coldness of the church and wished to enjoy a better time.

May 6, 1848

Prayer by Elder Hutchinson. 16 members present. A covenant meeting. A good degree of feeling & union prevailed. All present expressed a strong desire to see the cause of Christ prosper, and the church shine in its full glory. After hearing the minds of those present, Sister Seely presented her letter from the Bottskill church for union with this church. She was received by an unanimous vote. The subject of S___S___ (this entry apparently difficult to read; later found to be Secret Societies and I have inserted same) was brought up and after some discussion it was thought best to put it over until June at this time at 2 o’clock.

May 7

Sabbath morning after communion services, Bro. Charles Service presented his letter from the Bottskill church to be received into this body. He was received by unanimous vote.

Sabbath Morning, May 21, 1848

After service, Sister Bailey requested to be received into this church. She said unfortunately the letter she had from the Union Village church was burned with some other things belonging to her daughter. The church voted to receive her. On same day rec’d by letter Bro. Setter Brightman Briggs to membership in this church.

May 20, 1848 Saturday

Church met in a regular adjourned meeting, fourteen male members present. The object of meeting to take into consideration the subject of Secret Societies to establish precedence for future action either for or against. After remarks from those present, it was deemed best to adjourn for two weeks from this time on covenant meeting day for the purpose of having more of the church present on this important question. Jacob Osborn, Clerk

Saturday, June 3, 1848

Met in covenant meeting then formed into a regular adjourned meeting for the purpose of taking into consideration the subject of Secret Societies. After some remarks from those present the following resolution was approved: Resolved that we find no just cause of grief towards those brethern interested in this question. Therefore, we recommend it be dismissed. After a full discussion of the above resolution, it was voted to adopt it. Jacob Osborn

Sabbath, June 4, 1848

After communion it was voted that E. Billings & A. Hanna & Our Pastor go as delegates to the Association to be holden at Stillwater on the last Tuesday of this month. Resolved Elder Hutchinson write a letter to represent this church at the Association. Jacob Osborn, Clerk

Sabbath, July 6, 1848

Received by letter the following members: Wm. Cornelius Patterson & Maria his wife, Amanda VanValkenburgh & Sister Howard.

Aug. 6, 1848

Church met in covenant but few present. A good degree of the feeling of the Spirit of God was felt by those present.

Aug. 7

Sabbath after Communion. Resolved we have a special church meeting the last Saturday of the month to transact business relative to the church. Jacob Osborn, Clerk

Sabbath Aug. 13, 1848

After service Bro. Hutchinson requested a letter for himself & wife with the idea of moving to the city of Troy. Both letters were granted by unanimous vote.

Satuday, August 19, 1848

Regular Adjourned meeting. Bro. Thomas Rogers moderator, Prayer by Deac. Hanna. Object of the meeting was to call the attention of the church to the deficiency in the Elder Hutchinson salary. Not on paper and for which the committee did not feel willing to hold themselves responsible for to the pastor unless the brethern would unanimously vote to back up the committee and each one pay their equal portion in paying up the average at the expiration of the year. The following brethern voted to sustain the committee: Thomas Rogers, Edward Walker, Daniel Chadwick, James Duel, John Smith, Henry Duel.

Sunday, Aug. 20, 1848

A general turnout of the members of the church being present, another expression of the members of the church was taken when they all gave unanimous vote with one exception to sustain the committee & pay them equal proportion of the amount we might fall short of. Committee: Elias Billings, A. Hanna, A. Hammer, O. J. Bates, John Billings, Henry Peck, John McKinstry, Jacob Osborn. Sister Charlotte Fuller presented her letter from the White Creek Baptist Church which was accepted. Jacob Osborn, Church Clerk

Aug. 27, 1848

Sabbath Morning after service, Bro. Tooley requested a letter for himself, wife & mother to join the Wilton Church where they now live. Last Sabbath in Sept. Bro. C. M. Coolis requested a letter to join some church of same faith and order at the West (looks like Areas)

Granted. Jacob Osborn, Church Clerk

Sept. 30

Covenant Meeting but few present. Much said about Secret Societies. Did not enjoy meeting very much. Sister VanValkenburgh requested a letter of dismission which was granted. Also sister Electra Seeley and Sister Gleason who was formerly Mary Pettits. Both granted.

Dec. 2, 1848

Covenant meeting but two or three persons because it was a very rainy day.

Saturday, Jan. 6, 1849

Regular covenant meeting. Thirteen members present. Enjoyed a good season.

Sunday after communion appointed a prayer at Bro. J. Patterson’s home for the evening.

Jacob Osborn, Church Clerk

Sabbath Morning, Jan. 22, 1849

A notice was read this morning to appoint a meeting next Satuday at Bro. Pells on the 27 th in the afternoon for the purpose to ascertain whether we can or cannot have our desk supplied and do contemplated repairs this coming year. Jacob Osborn

A letter was voted to Sister Elmira Neher some time since but not recorded as she had not received it until the present time.

Jan. 27, 1849

Prayer by Wm. Hutchinson, Elder. Brother Thomas Rogers moderator. Church met according to appointment to ascertain whether we can or cannot supply our desk and do our contemplated repairs all in the year of 1849. After discussing the letter affectionately, it was moved & seconded. We received a letter from Sister Grace Harris Wing from the Queensbury church, it was accepted & received by unanimous vote. The time being far spent and but thirteen members present, resolved that the Clerk present the church with the account current between Elder Hutchinson and the Church at such time and on such day as this meeting shall be adjourned to. Resolved: This meeting stand adjourned until next Thursday, Feb. 1, 1849 at 2 P.M. Jacob Osborn, Church Clerk

Feb. 3, 1849

Church met in covenant meeting. A very good representation present. A very good degree of union & Christian love seem to prevail

Feb. 4

After morning service, Bro. Rich presented a letter wishing to unite with us by letter. He was received by an unanimous vote. Resolved: That we rescind the vote June 4, 1848 in reference to Secret Societies, Recorded in this Book. Jacob Osborn, Church Clerk.

Feb. 17, 1849

Church met in a regular appointed meeting for the purpose of transacting business. Prayer by Elder Hutchinson. Bro. Finch Moderator. The brethern had commenced to give in the amount they felt willing to be taxed for at a former resolution. Passed for the express purpose to raise the deficiency due our pastor the first of April or May as the case may be in 1849. Resolved: That we request all the male members of the church over the age of twenty-one years not owning real estate to pay the sum of one dollar and as much more as they can, according to their ability. This request is to be expected of all the male members of this church being embodied in the above resolution. Resolved that all the sisters pay fifty cents each for the same object. The sum to be a pole tax. The subject of continuing or dismissing elder Hutchinson came next in order. After some deliberation, it was put to a vote. Resolved: that in view of the large deficiency not subscribed, we are under the necessity of separating the interesting relation now existing between Elder Hutchinson and this church. Therefore, twenty voted to give him three months notice to close his labors, two voted not to notify him to close his labors, one did not vote at all, making twenty-three present when voting. Resolved that the clerk give him a written three months notice according to our agreement with him in the commencement of his labors. Resolved that we are to move two on committees to raise the money to pay Elder Hutchinson, namely Bro. Tile Hartwell & Joshua Finch. Jacob Osborn, Church Clerk.

March 3, 1849

Saturday after-noon Church met in covenant meeting; was absent myself. Do not know more about the meeting. Sunday after communion, notice that Sister Fuller requests a letter to unite with some other church of same faith & order. Also that Bro. Benjamin Tabor have a letter of Commendation to take with him to California. Jacob Osborn, Church Clerk

May 5, 1849, Saturday

Covenant meeting. Sunday after communion, Elder Hutchinson requested letters for himself, wife & daughter which were granted by unanimous vote. Elder Hutchins preached his farewell sermon to this church on the 4 th day of May 1849

Sabbath, June 17, 1849

Preaching by Rev. W. Bowd. After sermon, resolved to appoint a church meeting for the transaction of important business on two weeks from Saturday, June 16, 1849 such as the repairs of the meeting house. Resolved that E. Billings, O. J. Bates, Edward Neher & Daniel Chadwick be our delegates to Association and also any three who will attend may have their names annexed as delegates. Resolved that Jacob Osborn, clerk, write our church at the Association. Resolved Deac. E. Billings, & Joshua Finch & the Clerk be a Committee to examine the church records and drop from them all such members as have lost their standing or moved and been gone for some years and not knowledge of them. Jacob Osborn

Jan. 26, 1850

This meeting called for the purpose to appoint a committee to repair our house of worship. Bro. Joshua Finch moderator. Resolved that Bro. Jacob Osborn be our clerk & Treasurer for the future. Resolved that Jacob Osborn, James M. Patterson, H. Dillingham, Phineas Richardson & Joshua Finch shall be our building committee to repair our house of Worship.

Nov. 9, 1851

Special meeting of the member of the church. Deac. O. J. Bates moderator. Prayer by Deacon Hannery. Resolved: that we have our desk supplied. Resolved that we appoint a committee of five to confer with the ministers in order that we may have our desk supplied. Resolved that John M. Tabor, J. Finch, O. J. Bates, C. Rich & Cornelius Patterson be that committee. Resolved that the committee select a minister to preach our dedication sermon and associate minister according to their judgement.

Feb. 1, 1851

Saturday. Met in Covenant Meeting. Deacon O. J. Bates presided. Not so good attendance as would be desired but enjoyed a good meeting and a free interchange of feeling and a good feeling of union prevailed. After hearing the minds of those present, those present formed in a business meeting. The subject of the new version was brought up. Resolved that we deem it inexpedient to have that subject discussed from our desk. Resolved that we have a regular weekly prayer meeting every Thursday commencing at Bro. Patterson’s home. Resolved we hold our regular annual business meeting on Saturday two weeks from to-day to hear the report of the clerk & treasurer and for the transaction of such business as shall be necessary. Closing by prayer offer by Bro. John M. Tabor Jacob Osborn, Church Clerk

Feb. 15, 1851

Met according to regular appointment, yearly meeting but five present. Bro. Benj. Tabor moderator. Resolved that we adjourn this meeting until Saturday the 22 nd .

Saturday, Feb. 22, 1851

Regular adjourned church meeting. Bro. J. Finch moderator, prayer by Deac. Hannery. After hearing the report of Clerk & Treasurer, those present proceeded to elect a deacon. Bro. John M. Tabor was chosen unanimous. Resolved that James M. Patterson, C. F. Rich, and Jacob Osborn serve as Trustees for the coming year.

Saturday, March 4, 1851

Church met in covenant meeting, Bro. J. Finch moderator. A prayer by Elder Parks. A good number out. Had a good meeting. After hearing the minds of the people, Bro. Wm. Thorn Sr. called for a letter for his wife & self to unite with a church at Saratoga Springs.

May 31, 1851

Church met in covenant meeting, but few present. A good feeling among members. After hearing the minds of those present, a request was made for letters by Bro. Alexander Hannery for himself & wife to join the Stillwater church. No communion on Sunday. Rev. Charles B. Keyes commenced his labors as pastor of this church on Sabbath June 1, 1851 at a salary of $550.00 per year.

Sabbath, June 1, 1851

Resolved that we establish a Sabbath School. Also that we raise $15.00 for a library. Also that Bro. Rich & Benj. Tabor be a committee to solicit funds for above.

June 14, 1851

Met in church meeting to hear the report of the committee appointed to revise the church record. Resolved the committee be continued for the further correction of the church record. Resolved Rev. C. B. Keyes, John M. Tabor, C. B. Winney, O. J. Bates, C. F. Rich & J. Osborn be appointed delegates to represent our church at the Association meeting and our Clerk wrote the letter to send. Resolved that Bro. Benj. Tabor serve as sexton this year at a salry of $25.00 per year. Resolved this meeting be adjourned to meet again four week sfrom this day to transact such business as may come before the church with regard to a settlement with the Rev. Wm. Hutchinson. Jacob Osborn, Church Clerk

July 5, 1851

Met in covenant meeting. Devotional exercises by the pastor. The pastor presided. After the brethern had severally spoken, the members of whom there was 26, 12 brethern & 14 sisters. Mrs. Erastus Barney presented a letter from the first Baptist church in Greefield, Sar. Co. & requested to become a member of this church. Request granted. Sister Sarah Perry, wife of Bro. Reuben Perry requested a letter of commendation & recommendation to join some other church of our faith and denomination, which was granted. Bro. Martin Coon presented a letter from the Baptist Church at Lakeville, Washington Co. and requested the church have it under advisement one month. Appointed Bro. James Patterson a committee to enquire of Mr. Coon whether he is engaged in the sale of intoxicating drinks as a beverage & if so, whether he intends to continue the selling of such drinks as a beverage. Appointed Bro. C. F. Rich treasurer of the church and collector of the pew rents quarterly Appointed Brethern O. J. Bates, J. W. Tabor, T. Hartwell & C. F. Rich, a committee to circulate subscriptions for the support of preaching & to collect the same, quarterly & pay it into the treasury. Voted that all committees heretofore appointed having matters of a pecuniary character connected with this church be requested to report to the church its next meeting. Moved that the adjourned meeting to be held on the 12 th be further adjourned to the 19 th at 2 p.m. Voted – That those who have rented pews in the meeting house of this church be requested to attend the meeting on the 19 th at 4 p.m. to take into consideration the propriety of having the preaching on the Lords Day in the afternoon instead of at different neighborhoods in the bound of the church. Adjuourned to meet on Tuesday the 19 at 2 P.M.

July 19, 1851

Church met according to adjournment on the 31 at 2 P.M. Prayer by Bro. J. M. Patterson. The Pastor in the chair. Bro. Patterson who had been appointed on the 14 th to ascertain the state of the accounts between Rev. Wm. Hutchinson & Our Church reported – That the salary of Mr. Hutchinson from July 30, 1847 to May 17, 1849 is $906.84. Subscriptions for his salary from July 1847 to the 1 st of April 1848 - $235.58; Subscription for his salary from April 1, 1848 to May 17, 1849-$392.50; Subscription for his house rent at Amsterdam $34.00; Assessment to make up deficiency $306.70; Subscription on assessment list $24.50; Total $993.20. Voted that Mr. Patterson as a committee be continuous, that he solicit funds. Subscriptions not yet paid, place it in the hands of the treasurer in favor of Rev. Wm. Hutchinson. The hour on which the pew holders were requested to come was 4 o’clock. See minutes of the 5 th . It was on the motion of Bro. Joshua Finch. Resolved: That the arrangement with the pastor Rev. C. B. Keyes in reference to preaching on the Lords Day in the meeting house in this church remains as by him and the committee appointed to obtain his services understood. That is twice on the Lords Day, in the meeting house at such hours as thought advisable and on week evenings at different neighborhoods four times in a month at such times as thought most convenient. The yeas and nays being called for, the votes were in favor of the resolution. Joshua Finch, D. M. Wheeler, Benj. Tabor, J. H. Dillingham, T. E. Neher (Society Members), C. B. Winney against R. Perry, J. W. Hills, Orison & Oscar Whitford did not vote. Voted that the committee having the renting of the pews in charge be requested to ascertain who, if any, wish to relinquish their pews. On account of the arrangements contemplated in the resolution just passed, adjourned after a prayer by Bro. Perry.

Nov. 9, 1851

Met according to adjournment. Prayer by Deacon Hannery. O. J. Bates in the chair. Resolved that we take some means to supply our Desk. Resolved that we appoint a committee of five to confer with ministers with a view of securing one of the church’s choice to supply our desk. Resolved: That O. J. Bates, J. Finch, J. M Tabor, G. F. Rich & C. Patterson be that committee. Resolved: That the above committee set the day, make a choice of a Minister to preach our dedication sermon and invite other members and make such arrangements as the case may require. Resolved: That we meet two week from to-day in the meeting house.

Oct. 1,1851

At a meeting of the church, the subject of the unsettled state of affairs between the church and the Rev. Wm. Hutchinson was discussed. The church voted that the clerk should write a letter to the Elder Hutchinson showing the action of the church on the subject. Below is a copy of the letter.

Schuylerville Oct. 18, 1851

Dear Brother Hutchinson:

I address you by order of the church by which I am requested to say that the church met in church meeting on the 11 th of this month and the state of affairs between you and this church was the first subject of discussion.

I am authorized to write you according to a vote by the church on the above date which wishes you to set or state a day that will be convenient for you to meet this church for the purpose of making a final settlement. If this church were to set a day it might be on a time when you were otherwise engaged so the time is left for you to set. There ought to have been a final settlement between this church & you before this time but if you will attend to it now, I see no difficulty in closing up the matter if both feel right in the matter.

You will please write this week or next and state the day. At all events write us what is your mind in regard to the vote of the church. Please put the time far enough ahead so the church can have timely notice.

Jacob Osborn , Clerk

Jan. 10, 1852

Church met in church meeting appointed once in three months, for the transaction of business. Prayer by Bro. Deac. O. J. Bates. Deacon J. M. Tabor in the chair. The object of the meeting was to get in all the bills unpaid and to ascertain the full indebtedness of the church up to the present time. Bills accepted.

S. H. Dillingham $18.36 Also Balance of 1846 $27.32 to Dillingham

Dillingham & Co. 6.17 Hugh Connady $ 5.17

Benj. Tabor 17.46 James Patterson 17.43

C. F. Rich 22.03 Jacob Osborn 1846-48 11.45

Jacob Osborn up to1848 11.40 amt. Of Indebtedness yet unpaid $134.69

On outside repair of meeting house $251.00

Amt. We have on paper not collected $ 60.00

Cash in Dillingham’s hands $ 35 making a total of $ 995.00

Leaving $ 289.69

According to our treasurer report of pew rents, there will be a deficiency of not over $75.00 not on paper to make up our pastors salary which is due June 1 next 1852. It was unanimously voted the church raise by subscription the amount of our indebtedness $74.69 Resolved the meeting stand adjourned to meet again the 17 of Oct. 1852.

Jan. 10, 1852

Resolved that the clerk write to Elder Hutchinson and refer him to the letter written to him Oct. 18, 1851, which said letter contained the action of the church on Oct. 11, 1851.

Jacob Osborn, Clerk.

Jan. 17, 1851

Adjourned meeting. Prayer by Bro. J. Finch. Resolved that O. J. Bates, J. M. Tabor, Benj. Tabor, Joshua Finch & Jacob Osborn be a committee to circulate papers to liquidate the debt of #325.00. Resolved by request of Rev. C. B. Keyes his year shall expire the first day of April instead of the first of June. Resolved – We have a ministerial committee of five. Resolved that Henry Marshall, C. F. Rich, John M. Tabor, O. J. Bates and J. Finch be that committee for the coming year. Resolved – that S. H. Dillingham be a committee to correspon with the assigned J. M. Schuyler and solicit a deed for the lot on which the church stands on after stating how the first deed was destroyed. Also a motion carried that the male members of the Church & Society be requested to remain after service to-morrow to instruct the ministerial committee how to act for the coming year commencing the first of April 1852. In accordance with the previous vote, the church and society male members met and instructed the committee for the coming year to solicit Bro. C. B. Keyes to remain with us for the coming year and to give him the same salary as the year previous, allowing him to preach in the west part of the town and Grangerville as the present year. Jacob Osborn, Church Clerk

Saturday, March 7, 1852

Covenant meeting. Prayer by Bro. Perry. Bro. J. M Tabor in the chair. Quite a number present & a good degree of union and of the Good Spirit enjoyed by those present. After hearing from those present, Bro. Geo. Tabor requested letters for himself & wife which were granted. Also a letter received from Elder Hutchinson saying that he acceeded to the proposition of the church the 18 th , that is to meet on the 16 th day of March to settle with the church.

Jacob Osborn, Clerk

Sunday Morning, March 14 th

Another letter from Elder Hutchinson read to the church requesting the time deferred for him to meet the church to the 13 th of April on account of his health. At the same time and place and to have the presence of Mr. Hutchinson and not a substitute. Jacob Osborn, Church Clerk

Sabbath Morning, July 18, 1852

Preaching by Bro. Thomas Rogers. After service, the church was requested to remain to make some arrangements for supplying the Desk. On motion, it was resolved that the committee negotiate with Bro. Rogers in behelf of the church. The committee met at Bro. Rogers house on Thursday, July 27, 1852 and agreed Bro. Rogers to preach to the Schuylerville Baptist Church on the Sabbath and throughout the week day evening as usual. His salary at the rate of four hundred dollars a year coming quarterly commencing the first of July.

Saturday, July 31, 1852

Church met in covenant meeting after hearing from those present. Sister Margaret Allen presented her letter, also Sister Eliza Libbey presented a letter to unite with this church and was accepted.

Jan. 22, 1853

Met in church meeting for the transaction of business Bro. J. Finch in the chair. The object of the meeting was for the purpose of advancing the subscription to liquidate the debt of the church. After some discussion it was resolved: that the clerk alter the amount of the subscriptions opposite some of the names on the old list. Resolved: that we make an effort to retain the services of Rev. Thomas Rogers for the coming year, and that we appoint a committee of two to confer with him on the subject and to report to the church. Resolved that Deacon John M. Tabor and Deacon O. J. Bates be that committee.

Saturday, March 5, 1853

Church met in covenant meeting. A Goodly number present; more than has attended at any one time in two years. The Lord met with us and we had a good meeting. Also heard the experiences of five sisters who offered themselves for Baptism and were accepted. Julia Nehr, Sarah Wood, Sister Whitford, wife of Rugg.

At a special meeting of the Baptist Church at Schuylerville held on the

11 th of March 1853 on motion, it was resolved that the church issue letters of invitation to the following churches: Greenwich, West Creenwich, Fort Edward, Glen Falls, Saratoga Springs, Milton and Stillwater village to set in council with us with three delegates on the 23 inst. For the purpose of taking into consideration the expediency of ordaining our brother James W. Grant to the work of the Gospel ministry.

The Baptist Church at Schuylerville

To the Baptist Churches above named:

Dear Brethern,

You are requested to send your pastor and delegates to sit with us in council on Wednesday the 23 inst. At 10 o’clock A.M. to take into consideration the expediency of ordaining Bro. James W. Grant to the work of the gospel ministry.

The following churches responded by sending the following delegates:

Bottskill Church its pastor P. O. Mason & Deacon Clark Adams

Fort Edward Church Rev. Geo. Fisher

Glen Falls Rev. A. G. Bowles, also for Milton

Stillwater Rev. M. G. Hodge, P. Hammond & A. Hannery

West Greenwich Bro. B. Watson & Bro. Abner Wright

Schuylerville Rev. T. S. Rogers, Bro. O. J. Bates, John M. Tabor & Joshua Finch

The council was organized by appointing Rev. M. G. Hodge moderator & Rev. G. Fisher clerk. Prayer by Bro. M. Grant. On motion it was resolved that we proceed to hear the christian experiences of contestate which when related he was also requested to give his view of his call to the ministry and then proceed with his views of the gospel Doctrine. After which the council adjourned for one hour. After-noon session, Council met. After prayers by Bro. D. Waterbury & Bro. D. Veroland, Council voted themselves satisfied with the views of Bro. Grant in regard to his christian experiences and call to the gospel ministry. And after some further explanation by the candidate,voted unanimously to proceed to ordination and the parts were assigned as follows:

1 – Singing

2 – Prayer by the Rev. Searles of the Dutch Reformed Church

3 – Singing

4 – Sermon by Rev. P. O. Mason of Union Village

5 – Ordaining prayer by Rev. M. G. Hodge of Stillwater and laying on of hands by Rev. A. G. Bowles of Glen Falls and Rev. T. S. Rogers of Schuylerville

6 – Charge to the Candidate by Rev. Wm. Grant (Father of Candidate)

7 – Hand of Fellowship by Rev. T. S. Rogers

8 – Concluding prayer by Rev. G. Fisher

9 – Benediction by the candidate

All of which parts were performed as assigned. The text chosen for the occasion was Phil. 2:16 "Holding Forth the Word of Light" Jacob Osborn, Church Clerk

April 14

Met in church meeting for the transaction of business. Elder Rogers in the chair. On motion, Bro. Henry Duel was chosen clerk pro tem. Resolved Elder Rogers be added to the committee to procure a deed for our church lot. Resolved that Bro. Tabor serve one year. The church & Congregation voted to give him at the rate of 450 dollars per year. Resolved the clerk make out a certificate for Elder Rogers the action of the church. Resolved we adjourn this meeting to meet one week from this date the 14 th at one o’clock. We now proceed to sell the slips. Jacob Osborn, Church Clerk

April 21, 1853

Met in adjourned meeting. Prayer by Elder Rogers. Elder Rogers in the chair. Resolved that we appoint a committee of eight to revise the church record. Resolved Bro. J. Finch, Elder Rogers, Bro. R. Perry, Grant, John M. Tabor, Ed Neher, Bates, J. Hartwell be committee. Resolved the above committee visit all the delinquent members of the church and report to the church the first covenant meeting. Resolved we rescind a vote now standing on the record book that we transact no business on a covenant meeting day, leaving it to the descretion of the member of the church to so such as circumstances seem to require.

Sunday, Nov. 6, 1853

No communion on account of the funeral of the daughter of Sylvia Brown. Also received Bro. Jonathan Finch by Baptism after the sermon.

March 4, 1854

Met in covenant meeting. After hearing the feelings of those present, the brethern formed into a business meeting. Bro. T. S. Rogers moderator. Resolved that we appoint a committee of three to confer with Bro. T. S. Rogers in order to secure his services for the ensuing year. Resolved that O. J. Bates, J. W. Cook and J. McKinstry be the committee and report to the church on the Sabbath following. Also that Bros. Benj. Taber, T. W. Cook & T. D. Hartwell be a committee to apportion the amount each one must pay to make up the deficiency in our pastors salary for the past year.

 

 

Saturday, April 2, 1854

Met in covenant meeting. After hearing the minds of those present, proceeded to hear the experience of Boardman J. Cramer, Edwin L. B. Parkman & Lucretia Cramer with the intention of joining with, if accepted by the church. Resolved we receive the above persons when baptized. Sabbath after-noon met at Grangerville and Bro. B. J. Boardman & Edwin Parkman & Sister Lucretia Cramer. Jacob Osborn, Clerk

Saturday, April 2, 1854 (This meeting was probably in May)

Met in covenant meeting. After covenant meeting took an expression of those present in regard to Bro. Rogers remaining with us another year. It was an unanimous expression in favor of keeping him. Also took expression on the following Sabbath and that, too, was an unanimous expression in favor of his staying with us. Resolved that we pay Rev. T. S. Rogers $450.00 for the year of 1854.

Saturday, July 4, 1854

Church met in covenant meeting. Elder Rogers being with us, had an interesting meeting. After hearing from all present Bro. T. S. Rogers called for a letter for himself, Wife & two sons. They were granted. Also Bro. J. M. Tabor & wife, also Sister Hall, formerly Sibley, wished a letter which was granted. Resolved we hire the Rev. Wm. Brown at a salary of Three Hundred & Fifty dollars for year of 1855 commencing from first Sabbath in June and a donation. No committee for the above business.

August 4, 1855

Church met in covenant. Prayer by our pastor Rev. Wm. Brown. After hearing the minds of those present, Elder Brown presented his & sister Brown’s letter for admission. Also Sister Deborah Durkey was received on her letter unanimously. Resolved we appoint two more deacons. It being moved & seconded Bro. Edward Neher & Benjamin Tabor were appointed Deacons. Resolved that S. H. Dillingham, Henry Marshall, O. J. Bates, Benj. Tabor and Edward Neher be a committee to take charge of the meeting hour and see about getting a deed to the meeting house lot. Resolved: That Bro. Benj. Tabor be our Ministerial Treasurer & collector for the coming year. Resolved Deacon Bates, Benj. Tabor, and Edward Neher be a standing committee to visit all delinquent members and to hear and receive all matters of complaints and report them to the church. Resolved Bro. Benj. Tabor and Bro. Wheeler be a committee to visit Brother Tilton and report to the church at our next covenant meeting. Jacob Osborn, Clerk

Sept.

Met in covenant meeting but few present. Bro. J. Finch was added to the committee consisting of Bro. Tabor & Wheeler to visit Bro. Tilton.

Oct. 6

Church met in covenant meeting. After hearing from those present, the case of Brother Tilton was dropped until Thursday two weeks to hear the report of the Committee

Sabbath After communion, voted a letter to Sister Phelps formerly sister Patterson.

Thursday, Oct. 25

Met in church meeting for the purpose of hearing the report on the case of Bro. Tilton. Report that Bro. Tilton said that he had done wrong and was very sorry for it and would try to better but felt grieved that so many thing had been ____about him by two or three members of the church. Also, he wished to keep his place in the church and wished the brethern to watch over him. Motion by Deac. Bates, seconded by Deac. Tabor, voted to restore Bro. Tilton to the fellowship of the church. A prayer meeting was held before the business was commenced. Resolved we adjourn to meet four weeks from to-day.

Nov. Church met in covenant meeting.

December Church met in covenant meeting.

Jan. 1856 Church met in covenant meeting

Feb. Passed on.

March Church met in covenant meeting

April

Church met in covenant meeting. Voted a letter of Dismissal for Sister Mary Billings to unite with a church in Saratoga Springs. Jacob Osborn, Church Clerk

June 1, 1856

Church met in covenant meeting. A good degree of feeling prevailed. Voted to send Rev. W. Brown, Edward Neher & John McKinstry as delegates to the Association. Resolved by unanimous vote by all present that we invite the Association to meet with the Schuylerville Baptist Church in June 1857. Jacob Osborn, Clerk

July 6

Met in covenant meeting but a few present. Voted a letter to Daniel Chadwick. Held communion on the Sabbath.

Aug. 2, 1856

Church met in covenant meeting. A good Feeling was manifest by those present. After hearing the minds of those present on the subject of religious feelings the condition of the church at the present time, its past history & future prospects was a subject of serious consideration. The fact that many of our numbers absent themselves from the church and walk no more with the church and feel no obligation or responsibility to walk with or help sustain by their presence or with their influence or with the means they possess to help those burdened brothers & sisters to sustain the interest of the cause of Christ and the cause they have solemly vowed to God to help sustain until God shall call them away from the duties of the church on earth. It was unanimously resolved that in the judgement of those present, in order to get an interview between those delinquent members and the church to which they belong, it will be the best course the church can pursue to appoint a committee four to draft letter such as will be approved of by the church, acopy of which shall be sent by order in behalf of the church to each and every member now considered a delinquent member. Of which, that committee shall be Rev. Wm. Brown, Benj. Tabor, J. W. Wheeler & Jacob Osborn. This letter to be written and presented to the church at the next covenant meeting. Subject to the wisdom and judgement of the church to make such alterations as they think will be best calculated to promote the interests of the church and those members to whom it shall be sent. If this letter or any other the church shall adopt, be accepted, then a copy of such letter to be immediately sent to each one of the members notifying them of the action of the church and the day of the meeting. Which day shall be chosen by the church and inserted in the letter on our covenant meeting day and recorded on our church book. Resolved that according to request, the church grant letter of dismission to Bro. T. Hartwell & sister Hartwell. Also a letter voted to Sister Sarah Simsin[sic], also a letter voted to Daniel Chadwick. Jacob Osborn

Sept. 6 Church met in covenant meeting.

Sept 7, 1856

Sabbath morning. After communion, the church was notified that S. H. Dillingham wished to resign his standing as Superintendent of the Sabbath School. Voted to accept his resignation and to appoint Bro. Benj. Tabor to fill his place. A request was made for a letter of dismission for Henry Duel & Sister Duel to join the Baptist church at Saratoga Springs. Resolved Bro. & Sister Duel have letters and that the clerk write them. Jacob Osborn, Clerk

Oct. 4, 1856

Church met in covenant meeting. A good feeling was manifest by those present. Bro. C. C. Hill from the second Stillwater Church presented a letter to unite with this church and was received by unanimous vote. Communion on the Sabbath.

Nov 1, 1856

Church met in covenant meeting with a good feeling manifested. Communion on the Sabbath.

Dec. 6, 1856

Church met in covenant meeting. All present felt in union and wanted to keep their places in the church. Met at communion on the Sabbath.

Jan. 6, 1857

Met in covenant. I was not present. Held communion on the Sabbath. Jacob Osborn, Clerk

Feb.

Absent & no report. Bro. Joshus Finch requested a letter to unite with church in Saratoga Springs, which was granted.

March 1, 1857

Church met in covenant meeting. I was absent but a good feeling was manifest among those present. Communion on the Sabbath. After communion, Elder Brown requested a letter for himself & wife to unite with the church at Galesville, which was granted. A good feeling existed between this church & Elder Brown & Sister Brown. Jacob Osborn, Clerk

April 4, 1857

Church met in covenant meeting. Relating the feeling to the brethern a very warm feeling was manifested towards the church from those present. All felt united and expressed a deep solicitude for the prosperity of the church. Bro. Job P. Tabor was present. He related his feeling to the church in regard to his past life, his present wants and his future prospects. He united with the church on his experience and afterwards, April 15, 1845 was excluded for neglect of church obligations, but now being aroused by his condition, come back and conferred with the church requesting to be admitted back into the church. After hearing the facts, the church voted to receive him back in favor with the church, and then voted him a letter of recommendation to unite with the church in Saratoga Springs. The church accepted the resignation of Elder Brown and voted Bro. & Sister Brown Letters to unite with the church in Galesville. Sister Durkee requested a letter and it was granted.

Sabbath Morning, June 21, 1857

After the congregation was dismissed the church formed into a business meeting. Bro. Benj. Tabor acted as Moderator. The subject of supplying the desk for the present year was brought up before the church. It was voted we have preaching the coming year. Motion carried that we give Bro. Washington Coburn a call to fill our desk. Notice to appoint a committee to confer with Bro. Coburn and get his terms and report immediately. Resolved Bro. C. C. Hill & Bro. O. J. Bates be that committee. After half an hour, the committee reported as follows:

Bro. Coburn would preach for $350.00 and a donation or $50.00 without a donation. After some discussion, it was voted to give him $350.00 with a donation. The $350.00 to be paid quarterly. Resolved we send Bro. J. W. Wheeler, Bro. Edward Neher, Bro. Benj. Tabor, & Bro. C. C. Hill as delegates to the Association. After rising $1.63 for minutes, the meeting adjourned.

Saturday, July 4, 1857

Church met in Covenant meeting. No communion on the Sabbath.

August Church met in Covenant Meeting.

Sept. Church met in Covenant meeting

October Church met in covenant. Brother Coburn not being ordained, we had no Communion.

Sabbath, Oct. 11, 1857

After services, a few of the members met to consider the propriety of continuing the labors of Bro. Coburn another year for fear we could not make out the wages promised him. The church took a vote to see if the brethern would consider keeping him up to the first of April 1858. The vote was unanimous to keep him and pay him. Jacob Osborn, Church Clerk

Nov. Church met in Covenant.

December Absent

Jan. 1859 Church met in covenant meeting.

Feb. 4, 1859

Church met in church meeting for the purpose of transacting business. Bro. James Leggett chosen moderator. Bro. Joseph Hill, Clerk. Brother Washington Coburn had supplied us with preaching for eight months on the 4 of Feb. resigned. The church accepted his resignation. After ascertaining the amount we owe Bro. Coburn, it was voted that members that subscribed for Bro. Coburn’s salary pay the full amount of their subscription for the year and if there is a surplus over paying Bro. Coburn it shall be applied to debt to Doct. Gow & Others. Resolved that C. S. Moore be our collector to collect Bro. Coburn’s pay and that he have five per cent for collectin. The subject of supplying the desk was discussed and finally resolved that we shall obtain preaching and that when we as a church have one visit us that we like and he likes the church, we shall circulate a subscription paper and see if we can raise money enough to pay him, before we call him. Resolved that the collector report all those who refuse to pay their subscription and that they be made subject of labor for not paying what they subscribe. Resolved this meeting be adjourned until Saturday 13 th at one o’clock. Jacob Osborn, Clerk

Feb. 6

Church met in covenant meeting. A goodly number was present and a good feeling was manifested and all wanted to see the church revived and built up. Sister Leggett presented her letter and she was received by unanimous vote. At a meeting convened on the 26 th day of Feb. 1858 for the purpose of calling a vote of the church to decide whether we shall call Bro. Wm. J. Loomis to preach for us at a salary of $500 per year commencing on the first of April and ordered resolved. Bro. Leggett be moderator, Prayer by Deac. Benj. Tabor. The brethern voted unanimously in favor of calling Bro. Loomis and giving him $500 per year, coming April 1858 and ordered the clerk to notify him of the same. Jacob Osborn, Church Clerk

April 3, 1858

Church met in covenant meeting. After hearing from those present, Rev. J. W. Loomis presented his letter for himself & family. Wm. J. Loomis, Hannah M. Loomis, Ralph J. Loomis, Merriman Loomis, Marshall Loomis & Mary Ann Loomis, all members now with us. A letter was granted on request to Sister Philips.

May 1, 1858

Church met in covenant meeting. A good feeling was manifested. Heard the Christian experience of Sister Ellen Ann Bush with a request to be Baptized & received into the church. After hearing her experience it was voted unanimously to receive her into the church after baptism. Resolved we next meet on Monday after-noon to settle with Bro. Wm. Brouw[sic]. Bro. & Sister Heath presented letters from the Bottskill Baptist Church and were unanimously received. Bro. & Sister Toln presented letters from the Saratoga Baptist Church and were gladly received. The funeral of Bro. John B. Holmes on the following Sabbath was largely attended. The sermon was preached by Bro. Wm. J. Loomis from those words "Behold how he loved Him". Bro. Boum & Wife presented letters to join this church and were unanimously received.

June 5, 1858

Church met in covenant meeting. Had a good meeting and good attendance. Sisters May Lucinda Haight & Melinda Hellen Haight gave a relation of their christian experiences, wishing to be received into the church after Baptism. They were both received on their experiences. Notice: That Bro. Osborn & Bro. Loomis write the letter to the Association.

July 3, 1858

Church met in covenant meeting, in which was a good feeling manifested for the welfare of the church.

July 4

After Communion Sister Antoinette Deuddie presented her letter from Galesville church wishing to unite with us. She was received with unanimous vote. J. Osborn, Ch. Clk.

July 1, 1858

Church met in covenant meeting. Opening prayer by Bro. Loomis. Closing prayer by Bro. Bates. After the close of the covenant meeting, the church appointed a meeting for the transaction of some important business connected with the financial demands the church, on the 15 th day of August 1858 2 o’clock in the after-noon. Resolved we appoint a committee of five – Mr. Benj. Tabor, O. J. Bates, Edward Neher, James Leggett, Jacob Osborn to meet on Wednesday, Aug. 12 th at 8 o’clock in the morning to examine all unsettled matters and prepare them and put them in a plain as condition as possible to be brought before the church for their consideration on the 15 th day of Aug. 2 o’clock in the afternoon.

Aug. 1, 1858

Sabbath before communion, Sister Nancy E. Haight presented a letter from the church in Stillwater, to unite with this church and was unanimously received. Jacob Osborn, Church Clerk

Aug. 28, 1858

Church met in adjourned meeting after accomplishing the object of the meeting, it was voted that Bro. Austin Slade be our collector for the ensuing year and that we pay him 3 per cent for collecting all old uncollected matters of subscription and five per cent on the new. He accepted the same.

Sept. 5, 1858

Church met in covenant meeting. A good feeling and a strong desire for the promotion of the cause of the Redeemer was manifested. Bro. Elnathan Patterson presented a letter for admission with us. He was received. Bro. Leggett requested a letter of commendation & Dismission for himself & Wife & daughter which was granted. Sister Caroline Holmes requested a letter of dismission which was granted. Absent one month, returned in November. While absent Sister Baker was received on her experience for Baptism to unite with us.

Jacob Osborn

(Typist notation) re is a slip pinned in

Schuylerville, Nov. 20, 1854

Received from Clark Perkins executor of the last will & testament of Catherine Perkins fifteen dollars willed to the Baptist Church of Schuylerville.

Benjamin Tabor, Deacon & Acting Trustee

 

Nov. 20, 1858

Sister Chas. Baker was baptised this day. The fifteen dollars was applied to the salary of the Rev. Wm. Boune.

Jan. 1, 1859

Church met in covenant meeting also made arrangement for the donation visit to Bro. Loomis. Sister Mary Durkee presented her letter from Fort Edward Baptist Church to unite with us. She was received.

Jan. 13, 1859 Bro. A. J. Slade, Clerk pro tem

At a meeting of the members of the church it was resolved Bro. Wm. J. Loomis officiate as moderator. The object of this meeting is the election of trustees and such other business as may come before the meeting. It was moved that Stephen H. Dillingham be elected as one of the trustees of this church. It was seconded by unanimous vote. It was seconded that Benj. Tabor & Jacob Osborn be trestees. They received unanimous vote thus making the regular trustees: S. H. Dillingham, Jacob Osborn, Benj. Tabor. Benj. Tabor, the short term, J. Osborn, 2 yrs., S. H. Dillingham, 3 yrs. Resolved the Deacons be three in number, and that Bro. J. SA. Slade be our coll for the ensuing year. Jacob Osborn be our clerk & treasurer. Resolved the trustees ascertain the full amount of indebtedness of the church and report in full at meeting Feb. 10, 1859.

Feb. 4, 1859

At a meeting of the trustees of the Baptist Church of Schuylerville held at the home of Wm. Loomis to confer with him to preach for us the coming year. He agreed to remain with us the coming year for $500.00 expecting a donation but not contracting for one, commencing the first of April.

Feb. 6, 1859

Church met in covenant meeting. After hearing the minds of thos present, it was requested that letters be give Bro. & Sister Rev. Boun to unite with some church of the same faith & name. These were granted.

Thursday, Feb. 11, 1859

Church met to hear the report of the trustees in regard to the indebtedness of the church. Bro. Benj. Tabor was appointed Pres. Of the Board of Trustees.

Schuylerville March 1859

Accounts that we the trustees find due to individuals having claims unsettled against the Schuylerville Baptist Church

Amount of note & Interest due S. H. Dillingham $232.00 Bal. Paid

March 1, 1859

The following accounts are as the trustees find due to individuals having claims against the church.

Amount of Note & Interest due to S. H. Dillingham March 1, 1859 249.03 paid

Bal. Paid Mr. Talmage #I/’& [sic]

Due J. M. Tabor 111.11

Due C. R. Rich 15.00 Paid

Due Gow & Howland 23.47 paid

Due Geo. Hartwell 4.11

1-98157[sic]

541.47

C. F. Rich 15.00

525.47

March 5, 1859

Church met in covenant meeting. We had a good meeting. The Spirit of the Lord seemed to be with us. Sister Merry called for a letter of Dismission to join the Union Village church. It was granted to her. The Church voted to sustain the vote taken some time ago that all members calling for letters of dismission must pay up all amounts on Subscription if they are able to do so. If they haven’t the means, a letter will be granted to them.

April 3

Church met in covenant meeting. Enjoyed a good meeting. After hearing the minds of those present, Sister Mary E. Heny presented a letter to unite with us from the Saratoga Church. She was received.

May 1859

Church met in covenant meeting. Myself absent. Brother & Sister McGregor presented their letters to unite with this church.

June 5, 1859

Church met in covenant meeting. A good number present. Enjoyed a good meeting. Sister Julia E. Patterson presented a letter from a church in Troy, wishing to unite with us. Whe was received.

July Covenant meeting. Clerk absent. Received by letter Bro. Austin Elmore & Sister Abigail Elmore. Jacob Osborn, Clerk

August Covenant meeting. I was not at home but those present enjoyed a good meeting.

Sept. Church met in covenant meeting. A degree of good feeling was manifest.

Oct. Church met in covenant. Union of feeling very prominent. Hope to see the church revive.

Jacob Osborn

Oct. 27

Sabbath Morning. Sister Cooly requested a letter to unite with some church. It was voted to grant her request.

Nov. 5, 1859

Church met in covenant meeting in regular appointment. Rev. Wm. Bouen Cr. By one year salary and ten months. Salary at $350.00 per yr. -$641.67 To amt. Paid by Benj. Tober cash & Receipts $562.16

 

 

 

Nov. 1859

At a meeting of the Trustees of the church held at the home of Jacob Osborn, the affairs between Br. Wm. Bowen & the church were investigated and we find due Bro. Bowen $79.61 but find unsettled affairs against him to more than take it up.

Nov. 20, 1859

Sabbath morning. The members of the church were requested to meet after the congregation was dismissed to hear the Christian experiences ofBro. Samuel Thornton, Mrs. Maria Corkins, Sister Carey Nichols, Sister Harriet Nichols with intention to unite with this church if received by this church after baptism. They were all received. Jacob Osborn

April 1, 1859

The Baptist Church to Rev. W.J. Loomis For services $500.00

To Mr. Cochran subscription $15.00

April 22, 1849[sic]

Amount received by Collector Slade $76.75

Cash from clerk 7.00

The cash to Bro. Loomis 1.25

$50.00

Dec. 21, 1859

Church met in covenant meeting. After hearing from all present, Sister Adeline Reed present her letter from the Glen Falls church to unite with us. She was received. Also Bro. Horatio Lea h offered himself to the church on his experience. He was received by unanimous vote.

Dec. 31, 1859

Church met in covenant meeting. A good number present. After hearing from members present, Sister Martha Servis presented herself on her experience to be baptized. She was received

(Entries for year 1860 not in chronological order)

Jan. 8, 1860

Sabbath morning. After the service, Bro. Loomis gave the hand of fellowship to six members.

May 7, 1860

The Schuylerville Baptist Church

To the Rev. Wm. Bowen for services one year and ten months $641.67

Amt. Int. $6.07 for moving $10.00 for malodeon $10.00 Total $667.74

Received the above in full May 8, 1860 Charlotte E. Bowen, exectrix

Dec. 7, 1860

At a business meeting held at the church on the above date, Brother Thomas Rogers was moderator. The amount of subscriptions obtained by Bro. Loomis to liquidate the debt outstanding against the church unpaid; the amount at the time being about five hundred and twenty-five dollars and forty-seven cents, without interest. There was a deficiency of about thirty five dollars. One hundred and nineteen dollars was paid in at the meeting, which was paid over to S. H. Dillingham to apply on his demand. On motion of S. H. Dillingham, the treasurer was called upon to report the amount of money received from collection, and the amount paid out by him for the expenses of the church, from the first of April 1858 to the first of January 1860, making twenty-one months. The amount received was about two hundred dollars, amount paid out the same, leaving sixteen cents in treasurer hands. The attention of the church was then called to the filling of our desk for the coming year. The church appointed the trustees to call upon Bro. Loomis and ascertain his feelings about staying with us another year, and report to the church. Resolved we appoint a meeting for the third Saturday in Jan. to chose one trustee and clerk & treasurer. Also to hear the result of the interview with Bro. Loomis about his staying another year. Church met according to adjournment and elected One trustee Bro. Tabor being elected for the short term. Was reelected for three years.

March 3, 1860

Church met in covenant meeting. Had a good meeting. After hearing from the members, Mrs. Henry Bennett, J. H. Payne, Sister Fuller, Sister Mary E. Tabor, John B. Tabor related their experiences wishing to be baptized and taken in the church. On Sabbath morning all were baptized except Sister Fuller who was not present.

March 10, 1860

Church met for the purpose of hearing the experience of any wishing to unite with the church. The following Brethern & Sisters related their experiences, wishing to unite after being baptized: Mary Jane Hill, Harriet Frances Reed, Josephine Bush, Hannah Neher, Emily Clark, John L. DeRidder, Leonard C. Hollan, Harriet Holland, Simon DeRidder, Nathaniel Bennett, Jacob Bain. The above were Baptized the 12 of March on Monday 1860. One on March 10, 1860 Sister Mary Leach was received on her experience and Bro. Joseph H. Hill by letter.

Jacob Osborn, Church Clerk

Saturday, March 17

Church met to hear the experiences of the following persons and voted to receive them after Baptism: Jas. H. Lenken, Lewis Salisbury, Sarah Ann Salisbury, Lucy Jane Green, Celta W. Grant, Amy Ann Cromrite[sic], Helen M. Leach, Calarinda Baldwin, Mary Frances Peck, Augusta Thorn, Harriet A. Moore were received on their experiences and baptized the 18 of March 1860.

Saturday, March 24, 1860

Church met to hear the experiences of the following persons and voted to receive them after Baptism: William Watson, Stephen Gibbs, Mary Ann Gibbs, Sarah M. Cronkrite, Chas. F. Winney, Germond S. Slade, Phineas Richardson, James H. Dillingham, Jane Maria Weaver, Chas. M. Osborn, Sarah Curtis. The above was baptized on the 25 of March 1860.

Jacob Osborn, Church Clerk

Saturday, March 31, 1860

Church met to hear the experience of the following persons and voted to receive them after Baptism: Mariah Moody, Cornelia A. Clark, Isreal Slade Jr., Chas. Dunn, James M. Evertt, Dinanthy Evertt. The above were baptised April 1, 1860. Sister Carey Nichols called for letter of dismission to join the _est Troy church. Voted a letter to Elnathan Patterson to unite with the church at Saratoga Springs.

April 30, Church met in covenant meeting.

June 2, 1860

Church met in covenant meeting. We had a good meeting. After hearing the minds of those present, Resolved the trustees report at next covenant meeting how the trustees got along collecting for the church debt. Notice ) Rev. J. M. Loomis, Neher, J. M. Tabor, Joseph Grant be our delegates to the Association to be held at the old Stillwater church June 1860 and that Rev. Loomis, pastor, write the letter to the association. Resolved that Deacon Tabor, Bates be a committee to visit the delinquent members and report at next meeting. Voted to withdraw the hand of fellowship from Hugh Connady for drunkenness.

Changes to June 1860

Received by Baptism 51

Rec’d by letter 4

Dismissed by letter 3

On experience 3

Died 1 Whole number 167

Excluded 1 Gain 53

Sunday morning, Sept. 2, 1860

Before the service commenced, Julia DeVoe, wife of Bro. Norman DeVoe, Sarah DeVoe, daughter of Bro. Peter DeVoe, related their experiences to unite with the church after baptism if received by the church. They was both received and was buried [sic] with Christ in Baptism after the morning service. Also received Sister Amanda Potter by letter. Also Sarah E. Smith requested a letter to take with her to Lansingburgh as she intended to spend some time there at school.

April 23, 1860

After the morning service, a letter was requested by sister M. A. Lewis to unite with the church at Ballston Spa, which was granted.

Nov. 3, 1860

Church met in covenant meeting. The Spirit of the Lord was with us. Had a good time. Rec’d Jas. R. Clark as a member on his experience. Bro. Lewis DeVoe and his wife Catherine related their experiences to the church and were baptized.

Sabbath Morning, Nov. 4

Also on this Sabbath Morning rec’d Sister Mariah Mabb with her letter from the Bottskill Church to unite with us. Absent one month no record.

 

 

 

Jan. 5, 1861

Church met in covenant meeting. A good number present. Good feeling expressed by all in attendance. A strong feeling of union seemed to pervade in every mind.

Sabbath Morning

Sister Adelia VanDerwerker presented her letter from the Baptist church at Glen Falls, wishing to unite with us and was received unanimously.

Jan. 12, 1861

Bro. Richardson moderator. Prayer by Bro. Tabor. Church met in Meeting house for annual meeting; for the election of one trustee and such other business as would come before the meeting. After considering the amount due on the debt to S. H. Dillingham and balance due to Elder Bowen and finding them both amounting to about 125 dollars – 45 to Dillingham & 80 to Elder Bowen – it was the unanimous vote that the church raise that amount of money by voluntary subscription. Brother Austin Slade be appointed collector for the coming year to collect presents and all other monies. The 125 dollars to be among at the same time, the last quarter of the year to be for the pastor. Resolved we met for the transaction of business on Saturday the 24 th day of March at 2 o’clock. After hearing the report of the treasurer, the church accepted it then proceeded to elect a trustee in place of Jacob Osborn, who was elected for two years, whose term now expires. After balloting, Jacob Osborn was elected for three years. Resolved Jacob Osborn be our clerk & Treasurer for coming years. Resolved that all present express their minds in regard to Brother Loomis remaining with us another year. Everyone expressed a very strong desire that Bro. Loomis should remain as our pastor and asked the trustees to make such arrangements.

Saturday, Feb. 3, 1861

Church met in covenant meeting. A very stormy day and but four came.

March 30, 1861

Church met in adjourned meeting to hear the report of the collector of money on the church debt due Bro. Wm. Bowen. Bro. Leach was chosen moderator,Bro. J. W. Hill, clerk, in the absence of the church clerk. Bro. Slade reports that he has on subscription to pay the debt due S. H. Dillingham & others having claims against the church. That was due Bro. Bowen and assumed by individuals $72.50 and five dollars if the whole is paid. A call for an explanation of the above debt.

Report of the Collector of the pastors salary – a deficiency of 30.40 in the year of 1859

For the year of 1860 & 61 on Subscription paper $475.65

Paid over $ 375.00

Coll. Fees 15.00

On hand 85.75

Amt to be coll. 59.75_______

$ 535.50

Resolved the collector collect the yearly subscription quarterly and report to the trustees & the trustees report to the church. Resolved to appoint a committee to examine the church books to get the whole amount of indebtedness from the time of repairing the church up to the present.

Committee of three for that. Resolved The collector pay Mr. Gow & Mr. Hosland bills and hold it and report it as cash at the next meeting. Resolved the meeting be adjourned to six weeks from this day. Jacob Osborn, Clerk

April 6, 1861

Church met in covenant meeting. A good turn out from the village but few from country as the roads were bad. Had a good meeting. Received Bro. & Sister Clark from the Society on their letters the Sabbath before Communion. Bro. Loomis gave them the right hand of fellowship. Jacob Osborn

May 5

Church met in Covenant meeting. A good feeling among the members present.

All agreed on a desire to see the cause prosper.

June 1 Church met in covenant meeting but few present but good meeting.

June 23 Sabbath Morning

The church was called together for the purpose of appointing delegates to attend the Association to be "holden" at Amsterdam. The following Bros. Were appointed: Deac. Tabor, Neher, Bro. Hill & Osborn and our pastor Bro. Loomis. One dollar and seventy-five cents was raised for the minutes. Resolve J. Osborn write the letter.

Oct. 8 1861 Church met in covenant meeting. Rainy day, few present.

Oct. 10, 1861

Meeting called by the Trustees for the transaction of business, was held on Thursday, Oct. 10, in the meeting house. Bro. P. Richardson moderator, Prayer by Bro. J. M. Tabor. A letter was read from Rev. T. S. Rogers in regard to a bal. due him from the church. The clerk was ordered in behalf of the church to write Bro. Rogers a letter requesting him to send us a transcript of his account with the church as he has it on his books. The unsettled account of Bro. Bowen was next called up. There is now due different individuals affairs assumed by the trustees. One hundred and one dollars to pay off Bro. Bowen. Also a bal. Due S. H. Dillingham of fifty dollars on old meeting house debt. Due Bro. Loomis on 1859 salary, a deficiency of Thirty dollars. Resolved, we raise by Subscription with the above amounts to pay the debt of Bro. T. S. Rogers, sixty dollars, making the whole amount to.be collected Two hundred and forty-five dollars, which will pay all the indebtedness of the church up to this date. Resolved the collector Bro. Slade, turn over to the treasurer Bro. Osborn, the money now in his hands collected on the church debt, which is $28.78. Receipt of Gow & Howland of .72 making $38.51. Resolved the trustees circulate the subscription paper to raise the sum of 245 dollars to pay the foregoing debts.

Oct. 2, 1861 Church met in covenant meeting. Rainy day but few presnet

Nov. 30 Church met in covenant meeting. Few present. The Lords Spirit was present.

 

 

Jan. 4, 1862

Church met in covenant meeting. The Spirit of the Lord was present. All expressed a desire to see the cause prosper and sinners converted. A good feeling was manifested.

Saturday, Jan. 18, 1862

The annual meeting of the members of the church was held at the meeting house on the above date. Deacon Benj. Tabor moderator and prayer by Deac. O. J. Bates. The object of the annual meeting of the church is to elect one trustee, clerk and treasurer and such other business as may come before the meeting worthy of their consideration. In consequences of the inclemency of the weather but few of the church members could be present. After passing the following resolution, the meeting was adjourned to meet on Jan. 25, 1862 at 2 o'clock. Voted: That the trustees visit our pastor Bro. Wm. M. Loomis in behalf of the church and ascertain if he is willing to remain as pastor of this church this coming year, and if so, what will be his terms, and report to church at an adjourned meeting.

Saturday, Jan. 25, 1862

Church met according to adjournment. It being a very stormy day but few came. We called Bro. Phineas Richardson to the chair and ajourned to Feb. 8, 1862 at 2 o’clock.

Feb. 1, 1862

Church met in covenant meeting. All present expressed a desire to see the cause of the Redeemer prosper and sinners converted and added to the Church. A letter was presented by S. H. Dillingham for Sister Susan Mahew now sister Martin. Her request was granted.

Feb. 8, 1862

Church met according to adjournment from Jan. 25, 1862. Bro. P. Richardson moderator. Prayer by Bro. O. J. Bates. This being our annual meeting for the elction of one Trustee, clerk & Treasurer. Being moved & seconded we elect S. H. Dillingham for a term of three years. The members balloted for him and he was duly elected. A motion was made by Austin Slade to ellect all officers of the church by Ballot. A vote was taken and the motion was lost. Motion made by Bro. Austin Slade that Bro. Lewis Salisbury be church treasurer for the coming year. It was seconded by Bro. O. J. Bates so he was duly elected treasurer for the coming year. Moved & Seconded Bro. Jacob Osborn be clerk for coming year. He was elected but refused the Clerkship, therefore resigned. The church voted not to accpt the resignation but the Clerk will resign the clerkship and also resign the office of trustee, if nothing prevents his being present at our next covenant meeting which will be the first of March.

The report of the treasurer being called for, to show the amount of collections for the past year and the amount paid out. The treasurer made the report the condition of which will show by reference to the Treasurer Account Book. A report of the collector was next called for, on the Salary Subscription which showed a deficiency of seventeen dollars on pew rent & fifteen dollars being the amount of collection fees. Making on a whole amount of deficiency for the ending of the present year of thirty two dollars for which it was voted we add ten per cent to the subscription each one was willing to subscribe to pay. The sum of two hundred & forty-five dollars, voted to be raised on the 10 th of Oct. 1861. The ministerial year ending on the first of April 1862.

The trustees called on Bro. Loomis according to instruction from the church, on the 18 th of Jan. 1862 to ascertain the wishes of Bro. Loomis in regard to staying with us the coming year, and what would be the salary required. The trustees now report that Bro. Loomis will remain with us another year, preaching same as previous year for the sum of five hundred dollars and a donation same as on previous year. Moved & seconded, the trustees hire Bro. Loomis for the year commencing First of April 1862 ending First of April 1863 at a salary of five hundred dollars and a donation. Jacob Osborn, Church Clerk.

According to instructions from the church, the clerk communicated with Bro. RT. S. Rogers to ascertain more definitely the sum due him from the church, and find the true balance due Bro. Rogers is as follows: When he left Schuylerville, July 18, 1854, the amount due him was $43.00. On Nov. 8, 1854, he gave an order to D. G. Hartwell on the church for ten dollars, which left the amount of the principle without interest thirty-three dollars. Interest from % of July 1854 to Nov. 8, 1854 on 43 dollars and the interest on #35.00 from Nov. 8, 1854 to Feb. 8, 1862 will give the amount the church owes Bro. Rogers up to Feb. 8, 1862 of principle & interest fifty dollars and ninety $50.93 due him to above date. Jacob Osborn, Church Clerk

March 1 1862

Church met in covenant meeting but few present. But the spirit & Love of the Saviour was present and in the hearts of those present. A strong desire was expressed to see the cause of the Redeemer prosper and sinners converted and added to the church. At the close of the meeting the member present were requested by the church clerk to remain a few minutes that he could have the opportunity to resign the office of Church clerk, also as trustee. Wishing not to serve as clerk or trustee after the above date which resignation was made or until others could be elected. Jacob Osborn, Clerk

Sabbath Morning, March 23, 1862

By the request of Rev. Wm. J. Loomis, Bro. John M. Tabor requested letters for Bro. Loomis and his family. On motion being made, the church voted letters for himself & family as requester. For some reason he having come to the conclusion to close his labors with us, though most unexpected to the church. Jacob Osborn, Clerk.

March 29, 1862

Church met in adjourned church meeting. Bro. Loomis notified the church he would close his labors with us the first of April, so we would then be without a pastor. Bro. P. Richardson was moderator and Bro. O. J. Bates led in prayer.

This meeting was called to ascertain in the minds of the church in regard to supplying a pastor the ensuing year and such other business as would come up before the church. Resolved, the church would try to obtain a pastor to preach to us and break for us the bread of life, and that Bro. Osborn correspond with Rev. Chesshire and if it would be his pleasure invite him to preach to us on next Sunday or some future date.

Resolved the trustees circulate or cause to be circulated a subscription to raise a sum of two hundred & fifty dollars to pay the debt of the church including the amount of deficiency on the pastors salary. Resolved: that the trustees by this vote have the power in behalf of the church to borrow the amount of money that may not be collected on pew rent & Subscription to pay Bro. Loomis up to April 1, 1862 and to give a trustee note for the same. And out of the first money collected on the 250 dollar subscription, pay his note and take it up and if the above money is not collected as above, then the vd{sic] church money is holden for the same.

Resolved: that the trustees report to the church if the two hundred & fifty dollars can or has been obtained on paper on the last Saturday before th first Monday in May, 1862. That being our covenant meeting day.

Resolved: that the heading of that two hundred & fifty dollar subscription list must be legally drawn up so as to hold the subscriber to pay to what subscribed on that paper. Provided the whole amount of two hundred & fifty dollars is subscribed on this paper. But no person shall be called upon to pay the amount he or she has subscribed for, until the whole amount of two hundred & fifty dollars has been subscribed on this paper. The list shall be put in a collector Hands for collection but no subscriber shall be prevented paying what he has subscribed if he wants to.

April 5, 1862

Church met in Covenant meeting but few present. Enjoyed a very good meeting.

Jacob Osborn, Clerk

According to a vote of the church, the clerk communicated with the Rev. Mr. Chesshire of Waterford, stating if it is the wished of the church, he would preach at this church on the last Sabbath of this month, the 27 th . Jacob Osborn, Clerk

Received a letter from the Rev. Mr. Cheshire that he had received an appointment as Chaplain of a regiment and had accepted and could not visit this church as expected.

July 5, 1862

Church met in covenant meeting. Deacon Neher, Tabor, Bro. John M. Tabor, John Toln, Osborn & Sisters Jas. Dillingham, Neher, & Smith were present. Had a good meeting.

July 6, 1862

Preaching by Elder Bullard. After the services members were requested to tarry a little to consult about extending a call to Elder Bullard to preach to us as a pastor, and instructed the trustees to extend a proposition to obtain his services for five hundred dollars per year. But Bro. Bullard thought he could not accept five hundred but would settle us for six hundred dollars. The church, not being willing to give over $500, the trustees left it with Bro. Bullard this way. The church would meet on the next Saturday, and if the church would authoize the clerk to write the call for six hundred dollars, the clerk would notify Bro. Bullard the result of the meeting.

Saturday, July 11, 1862

Church met and following brethern were present to decide if we would give Bro. Bullard six hundred dollars: Austin Slade, Leach, Deacon Tabor, Neher, McKinstry, Hill, Richardson, DeVoe, Osborn, S. H. Dillingham. Such a small number of the church being present, it was deemed unadvisable for those present to take the responsibility of voting to raise six Hundred dollars but was willing to vote to raise five if it was thought the church would not go higher that that, so the matter was dropped.

At a meeting of the church held in July 1852, the church voted that the Trustees should offer as a salary to the Rev. J. A. Bullard, five hundred dollars per year, which sum was accepted by Bro. Bullard and he commenced his labors with this church on the second Sabbath in September 1862.

Resolved: that the Trustees nor any Committee of this church shall have power to contract a debt againt the real estate or personal property of this organization for the support or services of any person as pastor thereof and any debt so constructed should be held null and void from this date, Sept. 25, 1863 C. F. Rich (This is on a loose slip)

Oct. 4

Covenant meeting. A good degree of Christian love was expressed by those present. All desired to see the cause of Christ prosper and sinners converted. Jacob Osborn

At a meeting of the Baptist Church of Schuylerville held Oct. 11, 1862, it was resolved Bro. Bullard preside as chairman. Moved by C. H. Dillingham that the trustees be authorized after obtaining all that could be raised by the sale of pews and by private subscription should there then be a deficiency to pay the pastors salary, we then raise a percentage, per ratio on the sale of pews to pay the deficicency. Resolved the warming of the church be left to the trustees to furnish such means of heating as in their judgement will be the most prudent & best. Resolved that the members of the church have the privilege of erecting as many stalls for horses & wagons as they can put on the south & west end of the church lot. Resolved by unanimous vote that the trustees of the church be authoized to borrow a sufficient amount of money to pay the indebtedness of the church, but not to make said trustees holden personally for said money by signing any note. Jacob Osborn, Church Clerk

Saturday, Jan. 3, 1863

Church met in covenant meeting. All enjoyed the presence of the Saviour, and expressed a desire to see the cause of the Redeemer prosper and sinners converted to the Lord. After hearing from those present, Bro. Bullard presented his letter to unite with us. He was most cheerfully received.

Feb. 7, 1863

Adjourned meeting of the church. S. H. Dillingham tendered his resignation as trustee. The Church voted not to accept it. The Term of Bro. Benj. Tabor as trustee expired on this meeting. The members proceeded to ballot for one to fill his place. Deacon Bates received four votes, Bro. Richardson rec’d five. Bro. Richardson declared elected for three years from the 7 th of Feb. 1863. Voted Servis Salisbury serve as Treasurer for one year, Jacob Osborn as Clerk for one year, also Austin Slade be collector for one year.

Resolved the Trustees prepare tickets call on all the members of the church and ascertain what each one will pay per year to defray the expenses of the church. Payable quarterly in advance, and furnish such subscribers with tickets to be received in contributions. Resolved the trustees assess on the principle of equality as near as possible all the taxable members of the church to pay the present indebtedness of the church. Resolved Bro. John McKinstry, Austin Slade, & Bro. J. H. Bullard be a committee to circulate the paper after the trustees get it prepared for them. Meeting adjourned. Jacob Osborn, Church Clerk.

Sabbath, Feb. 22, 1863

Sister Cordelia Reid presented a letter from the Lakeville Church to unite with us. By a vote she was received.

April 1863

By a vote of the church & by request of Brother Edward Neher and Maria, his wife, Sister Hannah Neher & Julietta Winney, letters were granted them to unite with the Saratoga Baptist Church. Also Sister Caroline A. Thorne requested a letter to unite with the Saratoga Baptist church, which was granted to them. Jacob Osborn

May 2, 1863

Church met in covenant meeting, but few present. Sister Sarah A. Smith presented her letter from Lansingburgh Church to unite with us and was received on her letter.

Saturday, Aug. 1, 1863

Church met in covenant meeting, but a few of the church present. Had a good time in telling of the goodness of God to us. A feeling of encouragement was manifested by those present.

Aug. 2, 1863 Sabbath Morning.

The church was favored with a sermon by the Rev. Dr. Baldwin of Troy. A good congregation was out to enjoy it. Jacob Osborn, Church Clerk

Aug. 29, 1863

According to a call from the Trustees, the Church met to transact business. Bro. P. Richardson moderator. The first business was to ascertain the amount subscribed & collected for the Rev. J. A. Bullard. For his salary, we find a deficiency of about seventy-five dollars on the year commencing Sept. 1862 & ending Sept. 1863 on the second Sabbath of the month. We also find a deficiency of about twenty dollars on the old church debt. Also find the church quite short on finances to defray contingent expenses. Resolved this meeting be adjourned to meet in this house on Tuesday Sept. 8, 1863 at 2 o’clock in after-noon. Jacob Osborn, Church Clerk

Sept. 8, 1863

The church met according to adjournment, for the transaction of business. But the number present so few & the business so important, it was resolved to adjourn this meeting until Saturday, Sept 19 th , 1863 at 2 o’clock in after-noon.

Sept. 26

Church met for a transaction of business from an adjourned meeting from Sept. 19 th . Bro. Richardson, moderator, Prayer by Bro. H. Leach. Present Bro. Leach, McGregor, Joseph Hill, Austin Slade, O. J. Bates, Jas. H. Dillingham, John Smith, C. F. Rich, P. Richardson, Jacob Osborn. Moved by Jas. H. Dillingham & seconded by C. F. Rich we proceed to vote by ballot to ascertain the minds of those present whether we shall continue or dissolve the connection of Elder Bullard & the church. On the informal ballot, the vote stood eight for dissolving & three for continuing our pastor; one vote was not a member. On motion by Bro. Jas. H. Dillingham & seconded by Bro. Hill, it was resolved the connection between Elder Bullard & this church be dissolved on the first day of Oct. 1863. The votes stand six for dissolving the connection & two for continuing the connection, there being eight vote this time. Resolved we rescind the vote to collect 20 per cent to raise 75 dollars to make the amount due Brother Bullard on the year ending on the second Sabbath in Sept. 1863. Also that the collector refund the money that he has collected. Also, we raise the whole deficiency at one time and one collection.

Sept. No covenant meeting.

Oct. No covenant meeting.

Nov. No covenant meeting

Dec. – Jan. – Feb. no covenant meeting.

Saturday, Feb. 13, 1864

Church met in regular yearly meeting for the transaction of business, and of electing church officers of the church whose terms had expired. Bro. P. Richardson was chosen moderator & prayer was offered by Bro. O. J. Bates. Stephen H. Dillingham sent in his resignation as trustee of the Schuylerville Baptist Church. The church voted to accept his resignation and then proceeded to vote for a trustee to fill his place. After counting the votes cast, Bro. O. J. Bates was elected in place of S. H. Dillingham for one year. His time having one year to run before it would expire. Bro. Austin Slade was elected in place of Jacob Osborn for three years, Bro. Osborn refusing to be re-elected. Bro. P. Richardson was chosen treasurer in place of Bro. Salisbury, also Church clerk in place of Bro. Osborn for the coming year. Bro. J. H. Bullard requested a letter of dismission from the church which was granted and Bro. Osborn instructed to write the letter. The collector not being present there was no report from the treasurer or collector. Resolved this meeting stand adjourned until Saturday, March 5 at 2 o’clock to hear the report of the Treasurer & Collector. Jacob Osborn, Church Clerk

Aug. 14, 1864

At the close of the morning service, Bro. Garnett presented a letter from the Providence Baptist Church, for himself and wife and both were received unanimously. Jacob Osborn, Clerk

Sabbath Morning, Nov. 5, 1866

After communion those present were notified by the pastor that the church was without a clerk to keep the records of the church. On being moved & seconded Bro. Jacob Osborn was chosen for church clerk, there not being any records kept of the church since March 5, 1864.

January 21, 1865

After regular notice given for our annual meeting for the election of officers, the church met as above. Rev. Wm. Garnett in the chair, meeting opened by a prayer. The church proceeded to elect a trustee in place of Bro. O. J. Bates. After chosing Bro. Benj. Tabor & Bro. J. M Hill as tellers proceeded to vote by ballot for trustee. Bro. O. J. Bates was elected for three years.

Resolved Bro. P. Richardson be our Treasurer for the coming year. Resolved Bro. Jacob Osborn be our church clerk the coming year. Resolved Bro. Austin Slade be our collector for the coming year. After hearing the report of the treasurer it was accepted. Resolved Bros. O. J. Bates, P. Richardson & J. W. Hill be a committee to confer with the brethern about repairing the meeting house and report to the church one month from to-day Feb. 18, 1865.

The subject of supplying the desk for the coming year was next in order. Bro. Ganett vacated the chair. Moved & Seconded we as a church supply our desk for one year from April 1, 1865 to April 1, 1866. Moved & Seconded, the church authorize the trustees to secure the services of the Rev. William Garnett for the above time, if agreeable to his wishes at a salary of five hundred dollars and a home suitable for him to live in. Jacob Osborn

Feb. 18, 1865

Church met pursuant to adjournment but so few present, it adjourned to Saturday, Feb. 25, 1865 at 2 P.M.

Feb. 25, 1865

Church met pursuant to adjournment. Rev. Wm. Garnett in the chair. The meeting opened by prayers. J. W. Hill chosen clerk pro tem. The minutes of last meeting read & adopted. The trustees reported they had secured the services of the Rev. Wm Garnett according to the resolution of the church, at the salary of five hundred dollars per year and a house.

The committee appointed to confer with the brethern about repairing the church reported they had a plan but had not obtained an estimate. Resolved that the committee be instructed to have some mechanic the cost of having the church reseated, change the desk over to the west end of the building, lathing & plastering, putting in new windows and build a gallery over the present entrance and report the same at the church meeting two weeks from to-day. Adopted. Meeting adjourned with prayer. Jacob Osborn, Church Clerk

March 4, 1865

Church met in covenant meeting. After hearing from the members of the church present, Sister Marcia Salisbury related her Christian experience and wished to unite with this church after baptism. She was rec’d by unanimous vote, was baptized on Sabbath Day, March 5, 1865 & was rec’d in full communion with the church.

Saturday, March 11, 1865

Church met pursuant to adjournment from March 4 th . Meeting opened with a prayer. A report of the committee appointed to get an estimate of the cost of repair in the meeting house was given in by Bro. P. Richardson, one of the said committee. After discussing the propriety of repairing the meeting house at this time, a motion was made & seconded that the trustees be instructed to: have the plastering put on where it is off, have the wall whitewashed, have all the inside of the meeting house well cleaned, repair the foundation where it is broken out & repair the fence around said house. Jacob Osborn, Clerk

June 3, 1865

Church met in covenant meeting. After hearing from the members present, Sister Caroline Lossee related her experiences to the church to unite with it. It was voted to receive her after baptism.

Sabbath Morning, June 4, 1865

Sister Caroline Losee was Baptised and Rec’d in full communion with the church.

 

 

 

 

 

The Schuylerville Baptist Church to the Saratoga Baptist Association,

Dear Brethern:

We are pleased to meet you by letter and delegation, at our annual meeting. In giving account of ourselves as a church, we have not a very cheering account to make, yet we have many causes of gratitude.

Last Association we were not represented, being without a pastor. Bro. J. H. Bullard having closed his labors with us in the fall of 1863 from which time we were without a pastor. In consequence of which, our congregation became very much scattered.

Immediately after the sitting of the Association, we extended a call to the Rev. Wm. Garnett, he having preached to us previously, to become our pastor, which he accepted. The labors of Bro. Garnett have been very acceptable and not been unattended by the blessing of the Great Head of the Church.

While we have little to say of our Spirituality as a church, yet the Lord has favored us with some mercy drops and we have sometimes felt it sweet to sit together at the feet of Jesus.

During the year that is past two precious souls have been brought from darkness to light to enjoy the Sweets of our Heavenly Fathers forgiving love. We rarely have as distinct evidence of the work of the Holy Spirit in the heart as in these conversions.

With regard to the condition of the country these last four years, we have been and are as a church, truly and emphatically for the Union. Our Pastor has occupied a firm and open position for his adopted country. We mourn the death of our esteemed and much lamented President and believe that the intended curse will over ruled by him that holds all events in his hands for a blessing.

Our changes are as follows: Rec’d by Baptism 2, Rec’d by letter 2, died 2, excluded 0, Present members 158, donations for Missionary unions $8.50, State Convention Johnstown, Bro. Fisher $11.11, American & Foreign Bible Society, Bro. Fletcher 23.57, Bible Union Bro. Toyn .50, Freedsman Aid Society $.75, We send for minutes $3.00. We send as delegate our pastor, Rev. Wm. Garnett.

Read & Approved by the church, June 25, 1865 Jacob Osborn, Church Clerk

June 25, 1865

Immediately after the church approving of the above church letter to the Association, it was moved & seconded that the church pay the expenses of Bro. Garnett to the association. And that the sum of three dollars be raised by the church, in addition of his expenses, for the minutes of the Association for the Schuylerville Baptist Church. It was unanimous voted.

Jacob Osborn, Clerk

Sept. 24

In accordance with a vote of the church previous to the above date, a letter of dismission was written for Sarah E. Smith to unite with some church of the same faith and order.

Jacob Osborn, Clerk

Sept. 24, 1865

After morning service, Bro. Garnett presented a request from Bro. Samuel E. Thornton for a letter of Dismission to unite with some other church, which was granted.

Jacob Osborn, Clerk

 

Oct. 1, 1865 Sabbath Morning

Preaching by Bro. T. Stephens. After services Sister Aurelia Safferd presented her letter of dismission from the Glen Falls Bapt. Ch. to unite with us & was unanimously rec’d.

Sabbath Morning, Dec. 24, 1865

Bro. Garnett presented a request from Galesville Baptist Church for our Pastor and two Brethern to sit in council to take into consideration the expediency of ordaining to the gospel ministry Bro. J. Evans Bitting. Voted to send Bros. Garnett, Osborn & Tabor as delegates on the 10 th day of Jan. in the fore-noon.

Rev. Wm. Garnett also requested the church to accept his resignation as pastor of the church to take effect on the first day of Feb. 1866. After discussion, his resignation was accepted by unanimous vote. Bro. Garnett requested letters of Dismission for himself & sister Garnett which was granted unanimously. It was moved & seconded that the church instruct the trustees to borrow or secure the amount of 125 dollars, being his quarter due up to Jan. 1, 1866 and pay it to Bro. Garnett on Monday morning, Dec. 25, 1865 which he said he was much in want of. It was voted the church give Bro. Garnett the use of the house he lived in up to the first day in April 1866 or as much of the time as he may need it between the First day of Feb. & the first day of April 1866.

Notice: The annual meeting of the Schuylerville Baptist Church will be held in the Baptist Meeting House in Schuylerville on Saturday, Feb. 17, 1866 for the election of officers and any other business to come before the church connected with the interest of the church.

Jan. 28, 1866 Jacob Osborn, Clerk

Saturday, Feb. 17, 1866

This being the time for holding the annual meeting for the election of officers and other business. After being moved & seconded that Bro. Benj. Tabor be moderator of the meeting, it was voted Bro. Tabor take the chair. The clerk read a letter from Bro. Cerrom saying, that if the church wished him, and he were not otherwise engaged, he would spend a Sabbath & preach with a view of locating with (can’t guess that word). The church voted that the clerk answer the letter and say so few of the church were present thought it would be imprudent for the few in number present to invite Bro. Cerrom to visit us. Voted next meeting Feb. 27, 1866.

Feb. 27, 1866

Church met in adjourned meeting from Feb. 17, 1866. Brother Benj. Tabor chosen moderator. The treasurer reported the debt of the church to this date to be: $282.28, cash on hand $4.75. The collector not being present, the amount in Subscription collected could not be ascertained. Resolved the church pay S. H. Dillingham the sum of $10.00 for cleaning & repairing on the meeting house in 1865. Resolved this meeting stand adjourned to meet two weeks from to-day, March 13, 1866 at 2 P.M. and the trustees obtain the subscription book of the collector and report at the above meeting the amount of subscriptions up to the first of Jan. 1866 uncollected. Jacob Osborn, Clerk.

April 10, 1866

Church met in adjourned meeting. S. H. Dillingham chosen moderator, Bro. J. W. Hill, clerk pro tem. Adjourned to April 24, to meet at the meeting House at " P.M.

At an Adjourned meeting held in the Baptist Church meeting house, April 24, 1866 at 2 p.m. not being sufficient number present to transact business, it was resolved we adjourn till April 28 at 2 P.M. same place.

April 28, 1866

Church in adjourned meeting from April 24, 1866 for the election of officers, the transaction and closing up of all unsettled business of the year up to April 1, 1866. Bro. B. Tabor moderator, prayer by O. J. Bates. Moved & seconded we proceed to elect by ballot one trustee in the place of P. Richardson whose term of office expires Jan. 1866. After counting the votes cast, Bro. Richardson was elected for three years. Resolved Jacob Osborn serve as church clerk for one year. Resolved Bro. C. B. Winney be treasurer for one year.

Resolved Bro. Joseph Grant be collector in west part of church. Bro. O. J. Bates collector in Northumberland & Grangerville. Bro. Isreal Slade over the River & Bro. Benj. Tabor in Village of Schuylerville and Victory Mills.

Moved & Seconded that Bros. O. J. Bates, Benj. Tabor & Jacob Osborn be our ministerial Committee for coming year. Bro. Osborn was instructed to answer a letter Rec’d from Rev. L. M. Purrington of Burnt Hills, N.Y. recommending this church Rev. F. Fletcher of Unadilla, N. Y. The church wished to inquire & get information about the age & length of term Bro. Fletcher & if married and how much family & etc.

Resolved this meeting be adjourned to meet in same place on Saturday, May 12 at 2 P.M.

July 27, 1867

According to the request of the church, the clerk invited the Rev. James D. Bois to visit & preach to the church with a view of settling with the church as pastor. He was with the church and preached on the 28 th of July. He visited a portion of the members through the week and preached the Sabbath Day Aug. 4 th .

After the services of the morning a good representation of the church being present, an unanimous vote was taken that the ministerial Committee procure the service of the Rev. James D. Bois to be the pastor of the Schuylerville Baptist church, and that we pay his travelling expenses of this visit amounting to fifty dollars. The Committee agree in behalf of the church to pay to the Rev. James D. Bois eight hundred dollars per year as salary and a donation. The ministerial year to commence the first of Sept. 1867.

Sept. 25, 1867

According to appointment, the members of the church met for the transaction of business. Bro. D. Bois opened the meeting with a prayer. On motion, it was voted unanimously that the chair appoint a committee of five brethern to put a valuation on the pews to cover the salary & the expenses of repairing the house of Worship. And that the committee consist of Bros. Richardson, Osborn, Bates, McKinstry & Joseph Grant and that they proceed at once to have the chimneys built, paper the inside walls, have the windows cleaned and put up the stoves. All to be done according to their judgement.

The Committee appointed to repair the Meeting house report the expenses to be two hundred and eighty-three dollars for all repairs at the time. The committee gave their note payable at the bank for $290.00 less discount & stamps $5.40—84.60 note due Jan. 25/28, 1868.

 

 

Feb. 22, 1868

Prayer by Rev. D. Bois. The members of the church & society interested in voting for the election of officers met this day according to notice published from the meeting house. According to the law provided for religious societies elected by ballot by unanimous vote. Bro. O. J. Bates to serve as trustee for three years. Bro. Jacob Osborn to serve as trustee for two years. Voted unanimously that said Jacob be church Clerk & Treasurer for year 1868.

Jacob Osborn, Clerk

Saturday, Feb. 29, 1868

Church met in covenant meeting. After enjoying a pleasant meeting, it being evident the love and Spirit of our Dear Redeemer was with us. It was resolved the members present organize into a meeting to transact some business as necessary to be attended to at this time. The Brothers and Sisters are remining to participate in this meeting.

The first thing to be brought before the meeting was the needed provision to be made by the church for the payment of a bank note made by the committee appointed to repair the meeting house the last of October. The note being dated Oct. 25, 1867, given for three months payable at the National Bank of Schuylerville and become due Jan. 25-28, 1868 and no funds on hand to pay the note. The motion made & seconded and passed by an unanimous vote to authorize the trustees O. J. Bates, Jacob Osborn & Phineas Richardson to borrow of Bro. John McKinstry $290.00 for six months and give a trustee note for the money. The date of the note given as this day Feb. 29, 1868 for $290.—

Bro. Geo. H. Holmes present his letter from the Bottskill Bapt. Church, requested to become a member with us and was received. Brother John M. Tabor requested letters for himself, his sister Charlotte, his wife Mary, his daughters and son John to unite with the Stillwater church which was granted. Sister Mary E. Henry being present, requested a letter to unite with some church in the city of Albany of our faith and order and it was granted. Sister Lucy Green requested a letter of Dismission, also did Sister Hiram Haight.

Ballston N. Y. March 2, 1868

Pastor of the first Baptist Church of Schuylerville:

Dear Sir:

Mr. Isaac M. Wheeler desires a letter of dismission from Baptist Church of Schuylerville to unite with the Baptist Church at Ballston Spa. Bro. Wheeler living about two miles north of here is an attendant upon our services. Please direct his letter to my care.

Yours Fraternally,

George W. Clark Pastor of first Baptist Church of Ballston Spa

March 8, 1868

Bro. Isaac M. Wheeler requested a letter to unite with the Baptist church at Ballston and Sister Clarisa Baldwin requested a letter to unite with the first Baptist Church at Glen Falls. Both were granted.

 

 

 

April 4

Covenant meeting but few in attendance. Sabbath before Communion. Bro. & Sister Richardson requested letters of dismission to unite with the Baptist church at Watertown. Both were granted.

June

Bro. & Sister Alencourt Reynolds was rec’d by letter from the West Greenwich church (Galesville). Clerk absent Jacob Osborn, Clerk

June 6, 1868

Covenant Meeting. A good degree of christian love was manifested. Fifteen members present. Bro. & Sister Hatch, Forest Hatch, Cherhaphine Hatch resent letters from the Bottskill church to unite with us. They were received on letters by unanimous vote. Sabbath before communion Brother D. Bois gave the hand of fellowship to Bro. & Sister Hatch.

On Saturday, June 6, 1868

Deac. O. J. Bates, Benj. Tabor & Jacob Osborn, clerk & Bro Jas. D. Bois were chosen delegates to represent the Schuylerville Church to the Saratoga Baptist Association to be held June 23, 1868. Bro. C. F. Rich requested letters of dismission to unite with the church at Saratoga Springs. Being moved and seconded the letters were granted.

Sabbath June 21, 1868

After morning service, the clerk read the letter to send to the Association and it was approved. A contribution was taken up for home missions amounting to twenty dollars and three dollars for the minutes. A committee of five Brothers was appointed by the church consisting of Bros. O. J. Bates, Benj. Tabor, John McKinstry, N. M. Bennett & Jacob Osborn to revise the church records.

July 12, 1868

After the morning service a collection was taken up to aid the Second (Colored) church, Richmond, Virginia. The sum of five dollars in coll. And five dollars doantion from Jacob Osborn elerk making in all seventeen dollars as per receipt from agent.Jacob Osborn Church Clerk.

July Sister Sarah Rouse was received by letter from the Baptist church in Saratoga Springs.

Jacob Osborn, Church Clerk

Aug 1, 1868 Church met in covenant meeting but few present.

August 29, 1868

The members & pew holders of this church met according to public notice to take action for supplying the desk the ensuing year as the present ministerial year will close on Sept. next.

After singing, reading and prayer by Bro. D. Bois, Deac. Benj. Tabor was chosen moderator and took the chair. Moved & Seconded that we instruct the trustees of the Schuylerville Baptist Church to secure the services of the Rev. James DeBoise at a salary of eight hundred dollars for the coming year.

The trustees informed the Rev. James DeBoise of the action of the meeting which was according to his wishes as he had already stated before the members in the above meeting. He accepted the terms and will commence the ministerial year on the first of Sept. 1868.

Jan. 1869

The church and society members met in the Baptist Church at Schuylerville according to two public notices two weeks in succession read from the desk for the election of one trustee, and such other business as was necessary to be brought before the meeting and after organizing, it was resolved as there was not enough present to transact business. The meeting was therefore adjourned to meet at the call of the trustees.

June 5, 1869

Church met in covenant meeting. A very good feeling prevailed and a desire to see the church arise and shine in all its beauty. Sister Phebe Comstock related her experiences to the church and desired to be received. She was received unanimously having been baptized about ten years before. Sister Kate E. Chase requested to be received on her letter from the Bottskill church on motion she was rec’d.

July 6, 1869

Sister Sarah Whitford requested a letter of dismission from the Schuylerville Baptist church which was granted.

July 31, 1869

Rev. Jas. DeBoise in the chair who opened the meeting with a prayer. The members of this church met this day in the village of Schuylerville in the meeting house according to a public notice read from the desk two Sabbaths in succession for the elction of one trustee in the place of P. Richardson. Said trustee to be elected for three years from Jan. 1869.

The members of the society proceeded to vote for trustee by ballot. 25 votes were cast; 22 of which were in favor of Richard English. He was declared elected. The members of the church voted by ballot for church clerk. 16 votes were cast, 13 in favor of Jacob Osborn. The church voted for trustee. 11 votes were cast, 9 of which were in favor of Jacob Osborn.

As the ministerial year of Bro. Jas. DeBoise will close on the first of Sept. 1869, he wanted some action taken by the church and society in regard to the coming year. A motion was made by Bro.John McKinstry and seconded by Bro. Grant that the trustees be instructed to engage the Rev. Jas. DeBoise for the year commencing with the first of Sept. 1869 ending the first of Sept. 1870 which was put to a vote with the majority voting in favor or retaining Bro. DeBois for another year at a salary of eight hundred dollars per year.

According to motion, Bro. Benj. Tabor accepted the chair as a moderator while voting to supply the desk for the ensuing year. After closing the business meeting, the members of the church met in regular covenant meeting, Saturday, July 31, 1869. Jacob Osborn, Church Clerk

Saturday, Sept. 4, 1869

Church met in covenant meeting but few members present. A desire was expressed by those present that God would pour out his spirit and revive his church in this place.

 

 

Saturday, October 2, 1869

Church met in covenant meeting but few present. Jacob Osborn, Clerk

Saturday, Nov. 6, 1869

Church met in covenant meeting, quite a good number in attendance. After hearing the minds of those present and expressing deep regret for the indifference of some of the members, Deacon Bates notified the church there would be a meeting of the members of the church Nov. 24, 1869 at 2 P.M.

Wednesday, Nov. 24, 1869

The church met this day according to request of Deacons Bates & Tabor. The following male members present: Tabor, Hatch, Barney, Holland, McGregor, Smith, Hill, Patterson and Osborn. The following female members were present: Sister Henry Comstock, Cronkrite and daughter, Cary Loosee, Sister Stephen Potter Seeley, Chase, Sister John Smith Raymond and Rouse and sister Heath.

After singing, reading and prayer by the pastor, it was moved & seconded that Bro. C. Patterson be moderator of the meeting. Bro. Patterson took the chair. The object of the meeting being stated by the deacons was that they could not in conscience serve the communion from the hands of Bro. Jas. DeBoise, and also to consider the necessity of Discipline. On motion by Sister John D. Smith and seconded by Sister Seeley that this church appoint two deacons in addition to those we now have. Carried. Moved & seconded that Deacon C. Patterson be one of the two. Carried.

Deacons Bates & Tabor then tendered their resignation as Deacons of this church. Moved & seconded that the church accept the resignation of Deacon Bates & Tabor. The church voted not accpt their resignation. At this stage of the meeting, Bro. DeBois arose and stated that the wisest way to secure the harmony and cooperation of the church and society and to secure that end he proposes to resign his labors here on the first of April 1870. Jacob Osborn, Clerk

Dec. 4, 1869

Church met in covenant. Deacon O. J. Bates, Patterson, Barney, Osborn, Sister Rouse, Seeley, Henry, Smith & Patterson. After hearing the minds of those present, it was moved & seconded that the church withdraw the hand of fellowship from Bro. Henry McGregor for selling intoxicating liquor and keeping a saloon open on the Sabbath. A majority voted in favor; it was carried. Moved & seconded that the church withdraw the hand of fellowship from Bro. Simon DeRidder for bad & immoral conduct. Carried by unanimous vote.

Moved & seconded that Mr. Samuel Fryer be our collector until April 1, 1869. Bro. Jacob Osborn desired letters of commendation for himself & wife to any other church of the same faith & order. It was granted. Jacob Osborn, Church Clerk.


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