Hector, N.Y. records, 1835-1863.
Collection Number: 6016

Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections
Cornell University Library


Hector, N.Y. records, 1835-1863.
Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections
Collection Number:
Church book of the First Baptist Church of Hector (1837-1887); minutes of the Ladies Benevolent Society of the First Baptist Church and Society of Hector (1842-1857); records of the Bennettsburg Sociable (1861-1862); a letter from the Thomas Allen family to Mrs. Allen's father, Mr. Smith (1820); a solicitor's bill; and thirteen compositions by elementary students.
1 microfilm reels.
Collection material in English


This collection consists of four items, which are only marginally related: Items one and two, which are records of the First Baptist Church of Hector and the Ladies Benevolent Society and Sociable records of the same church overlap the same period, and items three and four are a letter and a bill which apparently originated in the same family.


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Hector, N.Y. records, #6016. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.


Allen, Thomas.
First Baptist Church of Hector (Hector, N.Y.)
First Baptist Church of Hector (Hector, N.Y.). Ladies Benevolent Society
Bennettsburg Sociable (Bennettsburg, N.Y.)
Schuyler County (N.Y.) -- Religious life and customs.
Hector (N.Y.) -- Social life and customs.
Hector (N.Y.) -- Religious life and customs.
Bennettsburg (N.Y.) -- Social life and customs.
Baptists -- New York (State) -- Hector.
Form and Genre Terms:

First Baptist Church of Hector
Item I
Church Book of the First Baptist Church of Hector,
Nov. 25, 1837 - May 18, 1887
Scope and Contents
Records prior to 1837 have been lost, however, a history of the church in item 4 gives an account of the church's development from its founding in 1802 until 1837.
History: On Nov. 15, 1809 the First Baptist Church of Christ in Hector and Catherine met to ask fellow churches to recognize them as a church. This occurred a few weeks later. Apparently the early church was anti-Mason, as a prospective minister was called upon to denounce Freemasons prior to his ordination. By 1813 the church had dropped "and Catherine" from its name, since members from Catherine had formed their own church. In 1824 delegates attending the Chemung Association asked leave to join the Seneca Baptist Association. In 1830 the first meeting house was completed. The church split over temperance, Sunday Schools and missionary societies in the early l840's, the splinter group calling themselves the Old School Baptists. The church remained weak and disheartened until a revival occurred, bringing in new members. In 1842 the house of worship was repaired and enlarged. See the church histories in part 4 for the names of ministers and deacons.
Part 1
Scope and Contents
Membership list in alphabetical order by page, chronological order on the page.
Part 2
Scope and Contents
Articles of Faith
Part 3
Scope and Contents
Session Records, Nov. 25, 1837 - May 18, 1887
Interruptions after Aug. 29, 1847, Oct. 1865, and June 13, 1874 for lists of members or the organ guarantee. These are minutes of regular and covenant meetings which deal with church discipline, election of trustees, baptisms, voting letters of dismission, exclusion of members, and occasional resolutions. Items of note include resolutions concerning the grounds for exclusion (Sept. 11, 1847), and a public day of Thanksgiving on Nov. 25 (Nov. 13, 1847).
Part 4
Scope and Contents
Partial index to the early minutes, and two histories of the church, one written in the l9th century, the other added to it in 1925.
Item II
Ladies Benevolent Society of the First Baptist Church and Society of Hector
Scope and Contents
1842-1857 , Chronological, no pagination
Part 1
Scope and Contents
The Ladies Benevolent Society formed to raise funds for charitable causes on June 11, 1842. Thereafter they met annually to elect officers, choose their project for the year, and to make pledges. Projects included the Baptist Missionary Convention; the Sunday School library; whitewashing and painting the interior of the meeting house; purchasing a communion service, blinds for the church, a bible and a hymnal; and regular contributions to missionary causes. Contributions included spun wool, cotton and silk, knitted stockings, sewn garments and linens, cloth, and cash. A constitution precedes the minutes.
Part 2
Scope and Contents
Nov. 15, l86l - March 14, 1862: "Records of the Bennettsburg Sociable" (Note: M.E. Sachett was the last president of the Benevolent Society and the First Secretary of the Sociable, which is probably how the notes came to be in the same volume).
These records contain the constitution and minutes of the meetings containing place of the bi-weekly meetings and the amount of money collected.
Allen Family
Item III
This letter from Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Alien and their daughters Abby and Hannah to their father and grandfather, Mr. Smith on Feb. 1820 discusses health, and transactions preparatory to selling property.
Feb. 1820
Item IV
A bill from Nicholson & Son, British Solicitors to Mr. Samuel Alien for services rendered May 19, 1835 - Sept. 12, 1836.
Item V
Compositions on children
Part 1
"Home", Joanna Dickerson
"How to Have a Good Garden", Mary L. Woodward
"On Composition Wrighting", Caryia Budd
"Honesty", Joshua Wages
"A Word to Little Girls"
"Disposition", Monty Elliot
"Hope", Hariet Huntes
"School", Marj Budd
"The Rabit", Lydia A. Closun
"Sir Issaak Newton", Anna
"Self Dependence", E. Wages
"The Aborigines of Our Country"
Part 2
A composition by Rose Chesley - "Mother Love" written Spring Term,