Christ Church of Corning records, 1841-1916.
Collection Number: 6077

Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections
Cornell University Library


Christ Church of Corning records, 1841-1916.
Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections
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Register containing parishioners, baptisms, confirmations, mariages, communicants, burials and church offerings. Also included is a certificate of incorporation (1841).
Christ Church of Corning (Corning, N.Y.)
2 microfilm reels.
1 folders.
Collection material in English


Christ Church of Corning was legally incorporated on April 12, 1841. The congregation was first served by the Reverend Richard Smith, a missionary, who also held Episcopal services at Painted Post. Services were held in the schoolhouse of District 14 and special ceremonies (marriages, communions, etc.) were held in the Methodist church in Corning until a chapel was built sometime before 1850. A stone church building was begun in 1853, and consecrated by the Right Reverend William H. DeLancey, Bishop of the Western New York Diocese on September 21, 1854. Bishop DeLancey visited the Corning parish several times during the 1850's and his visits are recorded in the parish register.


The certificate of incorporation (1841) is also transcribed in the register. The register (1841-1869) records parishioners, baptisms, confirmations, marriages, communicants, burials and church offerings in semi-chronological order. The register is paginated but there are gaps in page numbers between each section. Some tipped-in notes at the back of the register date to 1895.


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Christ Church of Corning records, #6077. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.


Delancey, William H.
Corning (N.Y.) -- Religious life and customs.
Steuben County (N.Y.) -- Religious life and customs.
Episcopal Church -- New York (State) -- Corning.
Church records and registers -- New York (State) -- Corning.
Form and Genre Terms:
Baptismal certificates.

Certificate of Incorporation,
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Signed by the church clerk. The names of church wardens and vestrymen are included.
Parish Register,
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Note: Numbered pages begin on page 22, and there are gaps in page numbers between pp. 35-48, 150-191, 196-239, 250-257, 264-305, and 323-328.
First page
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"Parish organized April 1841. Rev'd Richard Smith, Missionary." This is a brief history, listing year, number of families, adults, children, baptisms, and communicants in the parish, 1841-1869.
Next two pages
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Lists year, number confirmed, buried; number of public services held; number of communicants, teachers and students in the Sunday School, number of marriages; funds collected for diocesan missions, domestic missions, foreign missions, Christmas fund, tracts, alms, parish objects, Thanksgiving Day offering; Rector/ministers' names.
Next 3 pages
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written history of incorporation (June 9, 1841, signed by church clerk). The certificate of incorporation is transcribed here.
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Lists dates, names, residence, hen removed, married, deceased, remarks. Note: numbered pages begin.
p. 22
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A family joins the Methodist church "during the excitement of the winter" of 1857-1858.
p. 31
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Newspaper clipping, tipped-in (n.d.) re: first labor day parade in Corning.
p. 32
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Number of parishioners reported to the Diocese, August 1867.
Baptisms (begins 1844 )
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Records date, name, parents, sponsors, birth date, officiating clergyman and remarks, where performed.
p. 62
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Adult baptisms (1 or 2 pages only).
p. 107
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Three short entries regarding visits and baptisms by Bishop DeLancey in Corning.
Confirmations (begins 1844 )
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Records date, name, officiating bishop, remarks, whether communed. Remarks are extensive descriptions of the ceremonies .
Communicants (begins 1850 )
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Lists date, name, residence, dismissals (and other remarks).
Marriages (begins 1848 )
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Lists date, names, place, officiating clergyman and witness name.
Burials (begins 1845 )
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Records date, name, place of interment, age.
Church offerings (begins 1850 )
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Records date, object, remarks, amount, p. 317 One sheet paper, tipped in, notes "parochial items" from August 1, 1868 to December 13, 1868.
p. 318
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Letter, tipped in, requesting that the Christ Church of Coming's rector provide proof of the marriage of a recent widow; also a newspaper obituary, n.d.
p. 319
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"Chancel," tipped in paper: format of church and pews; records rentals for 1878 and 1885(7). On other side are notes of 2 baptisms (1860 and 1861), one death (1873), and other illegible notes.
p. 321
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"Parish Expenses," tipped in note, 1854. Records balance due to rector(?) More of the same on other side.
p. 323
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Pamphlet (1895) tipped in, re: 10th anniversary of the chancel building of Christ's Church, Easter Day, 1895.
p. 328
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Record of "disbursement of alms," n.d., 1/2 page only.