First Presbyterian Church Of East Palmyra Records,1817-1900.

Collection Number: 6022

Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections
Cornell University Library


First Presbyterian Church of East Palmyra records, 1817-1900.
Collection Number:
First Presbyterian Church of East Palmyra (East Palmyra, N.Y.)
1 reel microfilm.
Forms of Material:
Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
Two volumes (1817-34 and 1834-1900) containing session minutes and some membership information. Revivals, temperance, and church discipline are issues.
Collection material in English


In 1783 the church began to meet in the school house and was the first church to be constituted vest of the pre-emption line. It began as a Congregational church and in 1807 it became Presbyterian and joined the Geneva Presbytery. A new meeting house was raised. In 1842 that building was torn down and the materials were used in the construction of a new building. See the accessions folder for a more detailed history and p. 147, History of Wayne County.


This collection consists of two volumes: 1817-34 and 1834-1900. The records prior to 1817 were lost. These volumes consist of session minutes and some membership information, however, there may have been a register, since there are no marriage records.

First Presbyterian Church of East Palmyra (East Palmyra, N.Y.)

Presbyterian Church--New York (State)--East Palmyra.
Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A.--History--Revolution, 1775-1783.
Presbyterian Church--Membership.
Revivals--New York (State)--East Palmyra.
Church discipline.
Temperance and religion--New York (State)--East Palmyra.
Presbyterian church buildings.
Congregational churches--New York (State)--East Palmyra.

Wayne County (N.Y.)--Religious life and customs.
East Palmyra (N.Y.)--Religious life and customs.

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Cite As:
First Presbyterian Church of East Palmyra records, #6022. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.


Item 1
"Records of the Church of East Palmyra", 1817-1834 . no pagination, chronological arrangement.
Contents: Session minutes which record attendance, the election of deacons and elders, the examination of members prior to admission; church discipline on cases including intoxication, lying, swearing, quarreling, failure to attend worship services, working on the sabbath, not honoring the marriage vow, contention, running a bad house, and dancing. Minutes were read and approved by the Presbytery at regular intervals. Following the minutes is a copy of the Church Covenant and the Articles of Faith and a list of church members with dates of dismission or death. In 1817 the eastern part of the church split to form a separate church.
Item 2
"Record of the Church of East Palmyra", 1834-1900 . irregular pagination, chronological arrangement of the minutes.
Contents: Session records, 1834-1900, contain material similar to that in the first volume. In 1834 there was a revival (pp. 2-21), and on Dec. 3, 1834 (p. 4) the church voted a commitment to temperance. On Feb. 1, 1847 (p. 40) there is a report to the Presbytery. Following the minutes are statistical reports to the Presbytery, 1857-60, "additions," 1898-99; dismissals, 1898-99; baptisms, 1898-99; deaths, 1898-99; and a list of contributions to Benevolent enterprises by the church, 1855-98. In the back of the volume is a list of names of members of the church containing name, death date, date of admission after 1838, and date of dismission or expulsion and a list of baptized children and their parents; and a copy of the Confession of Faith.