St. Pauls Episcopal Church of Waterloo records, 1817-1892.
Collection Number: 6048

Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections
Cornell University Library


St. Pauls Episcopal Church of Waterloo records, 1817-1892.
Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections
Collection Number:
Minutes of annual, warden's and vestry meetings, 1817-1878; a parish register containing membership, baptism, marriage, confirmation and pew subscription lists, 1817-1848; church and parish school cash book, and accounts, 1852-1892; and records of the Ladies Sewing Society, 1837-1838. Articles of incorporation, 1818. Also illustrated pamphlet called St. Paul's Church Review by Emma B. Becker, 1963.
St. Paul's Episcopal Church of Waterloo (Waterloo, N.Y.)
Becker, Emma B.
2 microfilm reels.
1 folders.
Collection material in English


St. Paul's Episcopal Church of Waterloo was organized on November 17, 1817 with Benjamin Hendricks and Gardner Wells as wardens. The first church edifice was consecrated September 16, 1826 by Bishop Hobart. A new church was consecrated on June 9, 1863. The final cost of the new church, fence and organ was $28,780. From 1817 to 1827 church rectors were missionaries from Geneva. These men also founded the first Sunday school in 1826. In 1827 Reverend William Weber became the first rector to live in Waterloo. Reverend Livermore organized a parish school in 1852 because church members were dissatisfied with the public school system.


The St. Paul's Episcopal Church of Waterloo Records, l8l7-1892, 6 vol., mainly document warden and vestry meetings from 1817-1878. The documents included in Part I of this collection are located in St. Paul's Episcopal Church; the item contained in Part II is located in the Waterloo Historical Society.
Included in this collection are: warden and vestry meeting minutes; a Parish Register; an account and a cash book; and the records of the Ladies Sewing Society (1837-38).


Cite As:

St. Paul's Episcopal Church of Waterloo records, #6048. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.


Hendricks, Benjamin.
Wells, Gardner.
Weber, William.
Waterloo (N.Y.) -- Religious life and customs.
Seneca County (N.Y.) -- Religious life and customs.
Sunday schools -- New York (State) -- Waterloo.
Church records and registers -- New York (State) -- Waterloo.
Churches, Anglican.
Episcopal Church -- New York (State) -- Waterloo.
Form and Genre Terms:
Baptismal registers.

Microfilm Reel 1 Item 1
Parish Register, 1817-1878 , Chronological, paginated
Scope and Contents
Contains: Baptismal records (1839-59, 33 pp.) including date of baptism, individual's name, parents' name, date of birth; Marriage records (1834-59, 20 pp.); Funeral records (1834-59, 18 pp.); Confirmation records (1836-59, 9 PP.); Communicant records (l834-59, 28 pp.); Alphabetical membership list (38 pp.); pew slip subscription records (1842-49); public notices from the vestry; letters to the vestry (including a resignation letter from the Rev. M urdy, August 1850); list of wardens and vestrymen (1817-78); records of cash received at communion collections (1835-37); index (p. 4l7).
Microfilm Reel 1 Item 2
Annual Meetings, Warden's and Vestry Meeting Minutes, November 1817 - June 1847 , Chronological, not paginated
November 1817 - June 1847
Scope and Contents
Minutes contain: record of the organization of the church and society (1817); names of the original wardens and vestrymen; purpose of annual meetings and the dates when they are to be held; baptismal records (1834-35); names of persons elected wardens and vestrymen; decision to erect a meeting house (1820) and specifications for it; names of persons appointed to the building committee; decision to sell pew slips to pay for the new church; names of persons elected clerks; discussion to determine whether or not the Methodist Episcopal Church should be allowed to hold a protracted meeting in St. Paul's Church (1832); decision to procure a sexton (1835); records of pew slip payments (1839); Church By Laws (April 1839); record of the values of specific pews; and a diagram showing the arrangement of the pews.
Microfilm Reel 1 Item 3
Vestry Meeting Minutes, June 30, 184? - May 6, 1878 , Chronological, not paginated
June 30, 184? - May 6, 1878
Scope and Contents
Minutes contain: decision not to charge pew-rent to those who could not afford it; names of persons elected wardens; names of persons elected vestrymen; names of persons elected treasurer; names of persons elected clerk; decision to pay ministers and collect pew-rent on a quarterly basis; decision to insure the church building (1848); vote to increase the number of vestrymen; decision to place the town clock in the church tower; Church By Laws (May 1851); decision to purchase a parsonage (1852); reports on the Parish School (beginning in 1852); names of persons appointed delegates to the annual Diocesan Convention; discussion regarding the building of the new church (1860); decision to hire an architect to build the new church (September l86l); description of the laying of the cornerstone, and the articles placed in it; decision to take out a life insurance policy on the rector to benefit his wife (May 1867); discussion on the formation of a new Diocese (October 1868); pamphlets from the Annual Diocesan Conference held in Waterloo (January 1875); discussion to determine what to do with 15 acres of land donated to the church.
Microfilm Reel 1 Item 4
Church and Parish School Cash Book, 1849-57, 1879-81 , Chronological, paginated
1849-57, 1879-81
Scope and Contents
Contains: records of expenditures for the Parish School (teacher's salaries, coal, wood, blackboards) and the church; records of payments to the church and school; names of persons who took subscriptions on the school and the amount of the subscription; rules concerning discipline in the school; the annual rectors report on the school; a weekly report card; list of students (December 1879, p. 63); reports from the school preceptress; resolutions concerning salary and tuition.
Microfilm Reel 1 Item 5
Account Book, 1852-1892 , Chronological, paginated
Scope and Contents
Contains: index; names of persons on the rent roll; records of Parish School House subscriptions, brief history of the Parish School (pp. 15-16); treasurer's reports on the school; record of the cost of building the new church (1866); records of Parish School House Fund.
Microfilm Reel 2 Item 6
Records of the Ladies Sewing Society, 1837-38 , Chronological, not paginated
Scope and Contents
Contains: names of members; records of money received; constitution; records of payment of initiation fees; records of money received from sales; records of expenditures.