Congregational Church Of West Groton Records,1817-1900.

Collection Number: 6070

Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections
Cornell University Library


DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

Title:
Congregational Church of West Groton records, 1817-1900.
Collection Number:
6070
Creator:
Congregational Church of West Groton (West Groton, N.Y.)
Quantity:
1 reel microfilm.
Forms of Material:
Microfilm.
Repository:
Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
Abstract:
Two volumes containing membership lists, monthly meeting minutes (1817-1874), and trustee's annual meeting minutes (1832-1900).
Language:
Collection material in English


ORGANIZATIONAL HISTORY

The Congregational church of West Groton was formed at the home of Ichabod Brown by Reverends Joshua Dean and Seth Smith as the West Church of Locke in 1816. The name of the church was changed to the Congregational Church of West Groton in 1818. The church was organized into a society in 1832 under the "Plan of Union." In 1850 the Congregational churches in New York State began to withdraw from the Plan. In 1866 the West Groton church heeded a call from the Homer church to withdraw. A church building was erected in 1833 and the Sunday School was started in 1848.

COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

The records of the West Groton Congregational Church contain a covenant meeting minutes book (18l7-l874), a list of contributions (1873-1878), a list of membership by sex (n.d.), a list of pastors (1831-1893) and a trustee's annual meeting minute book (1832-1900).
SUBJECTS

Names:
Congregational Church of West Groton (West Groton, N.Y.)

Subjects:
Congregational churches--New York (State)--West Groton.
Sunday schools--New York (State)--West Groton.
Church records and registers--New York (State)--West Groton.

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

Form and Genre Terms:
Minutes.


INFORMATION FOR USERS

Cite As:
Congregational Church of West Groton records, #6070. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.

CONTAINER LIST

Container
Description
"Book of Records for the (WIST) Church," Meeting Minute Book, 1817-1874
The minute book contains a list of the first members, Articles of Faith and Church Covenant, reports from church meetings from neighboring towns, and decisions on membership (admitting and dismissing members). The monthly meeting minutes also include the election of church delegates and deacons and fund raising for the construction of a church building. At the end of the book there is a list of contributions from 1873 until 1878 and a list of membership by sex. Items to note:
p. 9, August 23, 1820
A complaint was made charging a member of the church with slander.
p. 28-30, September 22, 1828
A special meeting was held to hear the testimony of a church member who had been accused of leaving the congregational church and meeting with the "Christians." His argument was about his faith.
September 2, 1854
A man was excommunicated "for using unduly spirituous liquor, falsifying the truth," and speaking with profane language.
Trustees' Annual Meeting Minute Book, 1832-1900
The minute book records the elections of trustees, the question of trustee authority, financial matters, and the erection of a church building. Items of note:
1832
Discussing centered around the erection of the church building. The church called itself "The Congregational Christ Society of Groton and Lansing."
1834
A discussing on trustees' authority.