First Congregational Church Of Christ Records,1807-1878.

Collection Number: 6055

Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections
Cornell University Library


DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

Title:
First Congregational Church of Christ records, 1807-1878.
Collection Number:
6055
Creator:
First Congregational Church of Christ (Danby, N.Y.)
Quantity:
1 reel microfilm.
Forms of Material:
Microfilm.
Repository:
Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
Abstract:
Two volumes of church meeting minutes which include Articles of Faith, Church covenant, disciplinary cases, founding of a Sabbath school, temperance resolutions, membership lists, baptismal records, church rules, and a decision to discontinue affiliation with the Ithaca Presbytery.
Language:
Collection material in English


ORGANIZATIONAL HISTORY

The First Congregational Church of Christ in Danby was organized as a Presbyterian church in 1807 based on the "Plan of Union." The Presbyterian form of government was dropped in 1867, and the Congregational form took its place. The early records refer to the church as the Congregational Church in Spencer, New York. The church building was erected in 1820, and in 1879 was the oldest building in Danby. A Sabbath school was opened in 1828.

COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

The records contain church meeting minutes, 1807-1878. Included in the minutes are: Articles of Faith and Church Covenants, disciplinary cases, a decision to open a Sabbath school, temperance resolutions, membership lists, baptismal records, Church Rules, and a decision to discontinue affiliation with the Ithaca Presbytery.
SUBJECTS

Names:
First Congregational Church of Christ (Danby, N.Y.)
Congregational Church of Christ (Spencer, N.Y.)
Ithaca Presbytery (Ithaca, N.Y.)

Subjects:
Congregational churches--New York (State)--Danby.
Presbyterian Church--New York (State)--Danby.
Presbyterian Church--Membership.
Presbyterian Church--Education.
Church discipline
Temperance and religion--New York (State)--Danby.

Places:
Tompkins County (N.Y.)--Religious life and customs.
Danby (N.Y.)--Religious life and customs.

Form and Genre Terms:
Baptismal certificates.
Minutes.


INFORMATION FOR USERS

Cite As:
First Congregational Church of Christ records, #6055. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.

NOTES

Additional materials in accession # 6113 - First Congregational Church of Christ, Danby record book, 1808-1825.

CONTAINER LIST

Container
Description
Item 1
Church Meeting Minutes, July 3, 1807 - June 16, 1848 . Chronological, paginated (except between pp. 106-122).
Contents: Confession of Faith, Church Covenant (pp. 4-13), names of persons received as members and how received (by letter, certificate or examination), names of individuals who were baptised. The minutes of church meetings in this volume contain a letter to Rev. Samuel Parker requesting his services as a preacher, Church rules (pp. 26-27), examples of church discipline, Articles of Faith (pp. 28-33), a Church Covenant (pp. 33-35), names of persons dismissed and excommunicated. The volume also contains a record of a vote to join the Cayuga Presbytery (February 1815), the names of individuals suspended from the church, a decision to open a Sabbath school (May 1828), the namesof persons elected to the board of directors of the Sabbath school, a discussion on a protracted meeting held in Spencer, N.Y. (October 1837), the trial of a deacon who was excommunicated, several statistical and financial reports, and a decision to adopt the Articles of Faith and Covenant of the Ithaca Church (p. 282, May 1846).
Rear of volume contains: membership lists (1807-1848), a letter dated July 26, 1917, to the minister requesting information about a former member, and Baptismal Records (1813-1833).
Item 2
Church Meeting Minutes, Sept. 5, 1847 - December 26, 1878 , Chronological, paginated.
Contents: Index, Articles of Faith and Church Covenant (pp. 1-5), names of persons admitted to the church (by letter, certificate or examination), names of individuals who received letters of dismission. Also included are statistical reports (number of members, deaths, baptisms, amounts collected for various causes), examples of church discipline, minutes from the annual meeting of the Presbytery held in Danby (May 1, 1850, p. 27), temperance resolutions (April 17, 1852), names of delegates to Presbytery meetings, names of persons elected deacons, record of a meeting held with the Congregational churches of Spencer and Candor and the Presbyterian churches of Ithaca and Newfield (February 1864), and a decision to discontinue affiliation with the Ithaca Presbytery and united with the Susquehanna Association (1867).
Rear of volume contains: record of contributions, baptismal records, membership lists, records of deceased members, records of dismissions, suspensions and excommunications.