Methodist Episcopal Church Of Corning Records,1832-1897.

Collection Number: 6079

Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections
Cornell University Library


DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

Title:
Methodist Episcopal Church of Corning records, 1832-1897.
Collection Number:
6079
Creator:
Methodist Episcopal Church of Corning (Corning, N.Y.)
Quantity:
1 reel microfilm.
Forms of Material:
Microfilm.
Repository:
Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
Abstract:
Records of the Painted Post Circuit quarterly conference meeting (1832-1839) and the Painted Post Church (1832-1833); records of the leader's minutes for the Corning circuit, and quarterly conference meeting minutes for the Methodist Episcopal Church of Corning. Also Class Number One's class leader's records (1839-1844), Trustee's annual meeting minutes (1857-1897) and a register listing the history of, statistics about and a subscription list for the church built in 1861; marriage, probationer's, membership and class lists. Subjects discussed include slavery, temperance, a missionary society, revivals and church discipline.
Language:
Collection material in English


ORGANIZATIONAL HISTORY

In 1832 Painted Post was set off as a separate circuit containing (as of 1837) Little Flatts, Painted Post, "Addison Village", West Addison, Erwin Centre, Campbell and Tioga. In 1833 a class formed at Caton, which was set off with Corning in November 1839. Another division occurred in 1843 when Erwin, Painted Post and Campbell formed a circuit named after the latter two towns. In 1861-62, the Methodist Episcopal Church of Corning built a church which seated 700.

COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

Item 1 contains records of the Painted Post Circuit Quarterly Conference Meeting (1832-1839, Parts A,D) and the Painted Post Church (Part C, 1832-33); records of the leader's minutes for the Coming Circuit (Part B, 1841-44); Quarterly Conference minutes for the Corning Circuit (Part E, 1839-1846) and Quarterly Conference meeting minutes for the Methodist Episcopal Church of Corning (Part F, December 1847-1867). The collection also includes Class No. 1's class leader's records (1839-1844); Trustee's annual meeting minutes (1857-1897); and a register listing the history of, statistics about and a subscription list for the church built in 1861; marriage, probationer's records, and class and membership lists. Subjects discussed include slavery, temperance, a missionary society, revivals and church discipline.
(Note: Sections of this book were in different parts of the volume -right-side up, upside-down, back to front and vice versa.)
SUBJECTS

Names:
Methodist Episcopal Church of Corning (Corning, N.Y.)

Subjects:
Methodist Episcopal Church--New York (State)--Painted Post.
Church records and registers--New York (State)--Painted Post.
Church records and registers--New York (State)--Corning.
Methodist Episcopal Church--New York (State)--Corning.
Antislavery movements.
Church discipline.
Temperance and religion--New York (State)--Corning.

Places:
Steuben County (N.Y.)--Religious life and customs.
Painted Post (N.Y.)--Religious life and customs.
Corning (N.Y.--Religious life and customs.

Form and Genre Terms:
Minutes.


INFORMATION FOR USERS

Cite As:
Methodist Episcopal Church of Corning records, #6079. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.

CONTAINER LIST

Container
Description
Item 1
Records of the Painted Post Circuit
(Note: See the Collection Description for a breakdown of contents.) Items of note are as follows:
Section A
Inside cover contains a steward's record listing the number of adults and children and the budget for 1835. Contains meeting minutes for October 9, 1842.
Section B: Coming Circuit Leader's Meetings.
September 29, 1841
A committee is appointed to build a parsonage.
July 21, 1844
Reports of a Sunday School.
Section D
p. 2, December 22, 1822
Resolved to form a tract society and to promote the cause of temperance.
p. 3, June 15, 1833
Resolved to form a Benevolent Society to include sabbath schools, tract and missionary work and other purposes.
p. 8, August 2, 1834
Resolved to form a missionary society.
p. 9, n.d. 1835
Resolution on supporting temperance societies.
p. 13, February 20, 1836
Resolution concerning "Wesley's Rule of Discipline" on the use of ardent spirits.
p. 31, July 27, 1839
Last Meeting
Section E: Quarterly Conference Minutes for the Corning Circuit
p. 33, November 1839
Discussion of recent division of the circuit.
p. 37,
Curriculum for prospective elders and deacons includes English grammar.
p. 42, July 24, 1841
License denied to a man charged with trifling with the affections of a female.
p. 48-49, January 29, 1842
Resolution on slavery.
p. 58, November 12, 1842
Collection taken for the Wesleyan Genesee Seminary.
p. 61, February 4, 1843
Member required to give a statement "in love feast".
p. 69, July 15, 1843
The church requests a conference to divide the circuit and to make a station of Corning with Caton as an appointment. Painted Post and Campbell Circuit would have Erwin appointed with it.
p. 71, July 15, 1843
The first of a series of yearly reports on Sunday schools.
p. 90-91, August 22, 1846
Reports on a dispute over the pastor which has been disrupting the church.
p. 93, August 17, 1843
Last entry.
Section F: Quarterly Meeting Minutes for the M.E. Church of Corning
p. 96
First meeting.
p. 111, March 14, 1850
Resolved to join with Lawrenceville to hold a camp meeting.
n.p. , February 1, 1863
Reports of an improvement in spirituality and new converts .
1861-62 meeting to 1867-68 meeting - gap.
Item 2
Class No. 1 Leader's Book (September 1839-1844)
After four pages of printed "General Rules of the United Methodist Societies" are lists of members and their attendance at class meetings (1839-1844). The front and back inside covers contain exhortations.
Item 3
Trustee's Record Book, 1850
Part A: Trustee's Annual Meeting Minutes, 1850-1897
Records the annual election of trustees and matters pertaining to the temporal life of the church. Items of note include:
July 9, 1850 : Meeting to incorporate.
September-October 1860 : Plans to build a new church.
May 8, 1861-December 1861 : Discussion of pew rent.
After June 21, 1864 is inserted the "Berea lesson for 1874"
Quarterly conference minutes for August 5, 1876 .
Part B: Quarterly Conference Meeting Minutes ( 1862-? )
Item 4
Register, 1853-1869.
Section I.
Record of baptisms includes date, name, residence, officiating minister and witnesses.
Section II.
Record of marriages includes date, names of parties and their place of residence, officiating minister and witnesses. [note: after section II there is a history of the construction of the church with statistics and a list of "Receipts for the church," September 1862.]
Section III.
Record for probationers (1856-1862) includes date, name, condition, residence, church relationship and remarks.
Section IV.
Membership lists (alphabetical) includes name, residence, time and mode of joining, class leader and remarks. Continued after section V.
Section V.
Record of the classes lists class members and remarks under the leader's name.