MethodistEpiscopal Church Of Catharine Records,1819-1882.

Collection Number: 6082

Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections
Cornell University Library


MethodistEpiscopal Church of Catharine records, 1819-1882.
Collection Number:
Methodist Episcopal Church of Catharine (Catharine, N.Y.)
1 reel microfilm.
Forms of Material:
Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
One volume of quarterly conference minutes for the Catharine Circuit (1819-1847), a class book for the first class in Johnson's Settlement (1833-1839) listing members' attendance, and a record book (1852-1882) of the Catharine Sunday School Association.
Collection material in English


The Methodist Episcopal Society organized in 1805 met in private homes until 1809 when a church building was erected. In 1834 a new building was constructed. Catharine was the center of Johnson's Settlement which the records indicate was a pivotal charge on the Catherine circuit. At vaious times the circuit also included: Newtown (Elmira), Hector, McIntyre's Settlement, North Settlement, Newtown Creek, Jefferson, Veteran, Horseheads, Dean's Corners and Newfield.


This collection consists of one volume of Quarterly Conference meeting minutes from the Catharine circuit (1819-1847), a class book for the first class in Johnson's settlement (1833-39), and a record book from the Catharine Sunday School Society (1852-1882).

Methodist Episcopal Church of Catharine (Catharine, N.Y.)
Catharine Sunday School Association (Catharine, N.Y.)
Johnson's SettlementCatharine, N.Y.

Church records and registers--New York (State)--Catharine.
Methodist Episcopal Church--New York (State)--Catharine.
Sunday schools--New York (State)--Catharine.

Schuyler County (N.Y.)--Religious life and customs.
Catharine (N.Y.)--Religious life and customs.

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Cite As:
MethodistEpiscopal Church of Catharine records, #6082. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.


Item #1
Quarterly Conference meeting minute book, 1819-1847
Minutes record attendance (president, secretary, circuit preachers, local preachers, leaders and stewards), an accounting of money collected, baptisms performed (name, parents, date and place of birth, date and officiator of baptism), occasional resolutions and disciplinary cases and reports from Sunday Schools. Items of note include:
Inside Cover
Subscription clips and a report of a baptism in 1797.
November 1819
Minutes commence.
September 16, 1820
Plans are made to provide a parsonage, (note: discussion of a parsonage and paying for it continue throughout most of the volume) .
October 21, 1826
Trial for abuse of family, lying and misrepresentation.
January 1827
Resolved to join with the Ithaca Conference to hold a camp meeting in Danby on August 19th.
August 13, 1827
Voted to accept the constitution of the Methodist Tract Society.
October 16, 1830
Resolved that each class leader keep a subscription book of what each person pays.
October 16, 1830
Resolved to form Sabbath schools at the different towns on the circuit if practicable. Br. Pearsall is appointed.
January 8, 1831
Resolved to use the influence of the conference to enforce the observance of the Rule of Discipline related to the use of ardent spirits.
April 5, 1833
Voted to hold a camp meeting with Southport, Painted Post and Elmira in Veteran in June.
January 1834
No minutes. A list of classes with their contributions for 1834 follows (Appears regularly hereafter).
June 6, 1835
First meeting at the new meeting house in Havana.
June 6, 1835
Resolved that circuit preachers take collections for the support of missions.
March 19, 1836
Request that the general conference restore Wesley's original rule in regard to the use of ardent spirits.
May 15, 1841
Statement on discipline.
September 11, 1847
Last entry.
Inside Cover
History of a store in Catharine.
Item #2
Class book for the 1st Class in Johnson's Settlement for the year 1833", 1833-1839
The volume contains a numbered list of members and their state in church and society; includes: their state in life, and their attendance for specific dates (1833-1839). At the end of the volume there follows a list of subscriptions (n.d.) and a list of members received on trial.
Item #3
Sabbath School Record Book, 1852-1882
Includes constitution, by-laws and minutes of the Catharine Sunday School Association auxiliary to the Sunday School Union of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Annual minutes record the election of officers, the appointment of teachers, a financial report and the appointment and reports of committees.