First Baptist Church of Covert records, 1803-1849
Collection Number: 6038

Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections
Cornell University Library


First Baptist Church of Covert records, 1803-1849
Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections
Collection Number:
Contains one volume of covenant meeting minutes recording cases of church discipline, subscription policy, anti-Masonry, temperance, heresy and the mission controversy, with a membership list in the back.
First Baptist Church of Covert (Covert, N.Y.)
1 microfilm reels.
Collection material in English


This church was organized as the Baptist Church of Ovid and Hector on February 16, 1803 with 29 members. A meeting house was constructed. The church membership grew steadily with regular revivals. In 1820 the church left the Cayuga Baptist Association and joined the Seneca Baptist Association. Groups of members broke off at different times to form churches at Peach Orchard (Collection #6059) and other locations.


This collection consists of one volume of covenant meeting minutes which record many cases of church discipline, the selection of new ministers and deacons, discussion of subscription policy, am reports of church activities. Other issues in this church record are anti-masonry, temperance, heresy, and the mission controversy. At the end of the volume is a membership list dating from 1803 indicating how each member was received into and left the church.


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First Baptist Church of Covert records, #6038. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.


Cayuga Baptist Association
Seneca Baptist Association
Covert (N.Y.) -- Religious life and customs.
Schuyler County (N.Y.) -- Religious life and customs.
Freemasonry -- Religious aspects -- Baptists.
Revivals -- New York (State) -- Covert.
Church discipline.
Temperance and religion -- New York (State) -- Covert.
Baptists -- New York (State) -- Covert.
Form and Genre Terms:

Record Book,
Scope and Contents
The volume opens with a preface written on April 26, 1804 (pp. 1-4) and a Confession of Faith (p. 5). On p. 11 are minutes of the council called upon to constitute the Baptist Church of Ovid and Hector on February 16, 1803. On p. 1$ begin the minutes of the church's monthly covenant meetings. These minutes record the name of the moderator appointed, the state of the church, the appointment of ministers, members received by baptism or letter, and many instances of church discipline. The minutes are good documentation of the church's development. Most of the bottom lines are illegible.
Page 6-10
Scope and Contents
Page 15,
Mar. 1803
Scope and Contents
Minutes commence.
Page 18
Scope and Contents
Page 20-21,
Feb. 11, 1804
Scope and Contents
Bro. is excluded for fornication with one woman and proposing to another.
Page 27,
Aug. 11, 1804
Scope and Contents
Representatives are sent to constitute the First Baptist Church of Romulus.
Page 28,
Aug. 11, 1804
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Members from Peach Orchard request permission to meet separately.
Page 36,
May 17, 1805
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Decision on how cases of public and private morality are to be handled.
Page 37,
June 2, 1805
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Case of incest?
Page 53,
Mar. 14, 1807
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Member charges the church with holding the doctrine of election.
Page 54,
Mar. 19, 1807
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Family problems continued from p. 37.
Page 55-56,
Apr. 10-11/07
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Bro. is excluded for desiring open communion.
Page 59,
Oct. 10, 1807
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One brother confesses intoxication. Many confessions and charges follow.
Page 69,
Jan. 14, 1809
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Doctrine of equality discussed.
Page 84,
Feb. 11, 1811
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Doctrinal disagreement, heresy charges, minister expelled.
Page 92-93,
Oct. 5, 1811
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Members charged vith holding Universalist views.
Page 109,
Mar. 13, 1813
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Discussion of a fixed minister's salary.
Page 109,
Apr. 3, 1813
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A brother who has joined the Masons agreed not to attend often, but the congregation is not satisfied. Another confesses.
Page 119-125,
Nov. 1813
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Two elders have a disagreement. Other churches are called in to confer. The church is censured
Page 133-141,
Mar. 28, 1814-Oct. 8, 1814
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Discussion continues over the problem with the elders.
Page 142-157,
Dec. 1814 -Mar. 1815
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Many new members; possible revival.
Page 162,
Aug. 25, 1815
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The church cannot spare Elder Thomas to go on a missionary tour.
Page 163,
Sep. 9, 1815
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Subscription collectors get 5% for "the trouble of" collecting.
Page 179,
Oct. 21, 1816
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Church members dispute about land.
Page 195,
Oct. 17, 1817
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Bro. is excluded after joining the Methodists.
Page 196,
Nov. 22, 1817
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Sister is excluded for charging pn another's account.
Page 204,
May 9, 1818
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Voted to establish an Act of Equality in the Church. (See the 5th page from the end)
Page 211,
Dec. 12, 1818
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Bro. joins the Methodists.
Page 227,
Mar. 11, 1820
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Sister embraces the Unitarian heresy.
Page 231,
July 8, 1820
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The church cares for a destitute woman.
Page 232,
Sept. 9, 1820
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The church requests dismission from the Cayuga Associate to join the Seneca Association.
Page 236,
Jan. 13, 1821
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Continued from p. 227. The sister is rejected for heresy adopted the "Smithite Doctrine" and Unitarian annihilatin doctrine.
Page 240,
Aug. 11, 1821
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The church joins the Seneca Association.
Page 249-250,
Sept. 1822
Scope and Contents
Pages missing or misnumbered.
Page 256,
July 5, 1823
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Sister excluded for joining the Methodist church and embracing Arminian and Unitarian sentiments.
Page 280-285,
Scope and Contents
Masonry /anti-Masonry discussed.
Page 296,
Nov. 1830
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"The Church in union with enlarged desires for a revival."
Page 297-299,
Nov. 1830 -May 14, 1831
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Protracted revival with many new members.
Page 303,
Dec. 10, 1831
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Voted to receive the brothers dropped from the Farmerville Church. (Interlaken, N.Y.)
Page 303,
Jan. 7, 1832
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Voted to solicit subscriptions for the foreign missionary society.
Page 305,
Mar. 10, 1832
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Voted to postpone forming a missionary Society until May.
Page 307,
May 12, 1832
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Missionary Society issue resolved.
Page 309,
Dec. 8, 1832
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Pregnant, unmarried woman expelled.
Page 331-332,
Mar. 12, 1836
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Bro. takes issue with the Act of Equality, and is excluded for refusing to pay.
Page 349,
Mar. 16, 1839-Mar. 27, 1839
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A "meeting of days" is going on.
Page 350,
Apr. 27, 1839
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Sr. joined the "Christians" [Disciples of Christ?]
Page 352,
Feb. 8, 1840
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A revival cancelled due to bad weather.
Page 356,
Feb. 13, 1841
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Voted to attend meeting at Farmerville where there is a great "work of the Lord."
Page 356,
Mar. 1841
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24 new members.
Page 357,
Apr. 10, 1841
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Report of a two week long revival.
Page 363,
Dec. - Jan. 1842-43
Scope and Contents
Page 365,
Apr. 1, 1843
Scope and Contents
Resolved not to allow non-religious meetings in the church
Page 366,
May 13, 1843
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Two people excluded for joining the Methodists.
Page 368,
Feb. 24, 1843
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Page 370,
Mar. 9
Page 375,
Feb. 22, 1845
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Voted to have a season of protracted worship = Mar. 8.
Page 378,
Feb. 1846
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Page 383,
Oct. 24, 1846
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The church adopts the Articles of Faith and Covenant of the Baptist State Convention of Michigan.
Page 385,
June 2, 1848
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Representatives asked to sit at the formation of the 2nd Baptist Church in Ithaca.
Page 392-3,
Feb. - Mar. 1849
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Possible revival.
Page 394,
Apr. 9, 1849
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Last minutes.