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Sessional Records of
the Church at Oaks Corners that appeared in The Phelps Citizen, May
Transcribed by Charlotte Grabowski, August 29, 2010. May not be copied
for commercial use.
This was transcribed from digital copies of old micro film. Many of the
names were very hard to make out. Undoubtedly I have made both
transcription errors and typing errors. Note also that some of the
names in the first part are repeated in the second part with a
different spelling. I have found other inaccuracies, for example
Rahannah Hall married Philander Glover in 1814 however she is shown in
the newspaper list as Rahannah Glover in 1810.
The Phelps Citizen. Thursday, May 9, 1889
[Phelps, Ontario County, New York. Authors name not given.]
Sessional Records of the Church at Oaks Corners
A synopsis of the same will only be attempted. I have been unable to
obtain any sessional records, as such, till April 1st. 1814, at which
time the Society was transformed into a Presbyterian Church. Therefore,
the records, printed In the business records from 1804-1814, must
The record in question opens with a written confession of faith and
covenant, as held by the Presbyterian Church. The first recorded
meeting, was held at the house of Thaddeus Collins, April 1813.
Resolved, That the church adopt the Presbyterian standards and form of
government. Dr, Peter Woodward was appointed delegate to
Presbytery of Geneva, to present the notion of the church.
Said action was presented at a meeting of Presbytery, April 23d, 1813,
at Housoye, and the church was made a constituent member of Geneva
Rev. Mr. Powell , as far as I know, was the only officiating
pastor from 1805 up to this time, 1813.
Lackey Morrow, Peter Woodward, Mathew Denniston and John
Burnham were the first board of ruling elders.
A meeting was held at the union school house in Phelps to consider a
call to the Rev. Mr. Barritt. Committee: John Burnham,
Moses Youngs, Joseph Griffith, M. Denulaton, Thaddeus Collins, Caleb
Case, John Griffith, Joseph Hall and Thadeus Oaks.
This committee did not meet with sufficient success, resulting in a
failure to call Mr. Barritt.
At the next meeting, August 14th, 1814, the Rev. Ambrose Porter
presided, and undoubtedly was the officiating minister, as his name
appears as moderator of the session for some length of time.
Peter Woodward was dismissed to join the church at Gorham. George
VanAuken was admitted membership, on profession, October 2d, 1814.
During this period John Burham was clerk of session.
At a church meeting, May 14th, 1815, Joshua King and Caleb
Case were chosen elders. Charity Humphrey and Betsey
Burnett were received into the church. Anthony VanAuken and
wife dismissed to join the church in Lyons. September 12th, 1816, Rev.
Charles Mosher was Installed as pastor.
December 11th, 1816, Cephas Field, Ruth Hodson and Lydia
Hindman were admitted.
January 26th, 1817, Simeon VanAuken was dismissed to join a
church in Wolcott.
May 4th, 1817, Lucinda Richards, Louisa Baker and Mercey
Humphrey were admitted to the church.
May 9th, 1817, Maria Prescott, and Salmira Webster. Reuben
Bardwell and Robert J. Griffith, were received January
A number were dismissed to join a new church in the north-west part of
the town, Brewer, Post, Sears, VanBlarnacom and others.
May 17th, 1818, James VanAuken, Mary Shattuck and Mr. Rogers
were admitted to the church.
August 1st, 1819, received Theodore Partridge and Summit
Theodore Partridge was a school teacher in Phelps, and became a
ruling elder, and prominent in church affairs many years. He was clerk
of the session many years. His fine work is still to be seen on the
The resignation of Rev. Charles Mosher was accepted September
Rev. Samuel Brace was ordained and installed December 29th,
1819. Present, Rev. Axtell, Clark, Stephen Porter, Townsend,
Pomeroy, Merrill, Bacon.
January 16th, 1820, received into the church Lucena VanAuken, Loa
Wells, Jane and Susan Rees, Mrs. Clark, Charles W. Glover, and Erastus
William Frisbie and wife, Elias W. Frisbie, Sally C. Deming, and
March 23d, 1820, Doctor William Frisbie was chosen Deacon, and Enoch
Daniel Trowbridge, Theodore Partridge, Elders.
Jabez Joslyn, Nancy Young, Minerva Wait, Lucy Phillips, Eliza Wing,
Abgail Baldwin, Vinera Glover, were admitted. The names of Charity
Mary and Elizabeth Bedell appear. Cases of discipline
occurred which were conducted in a straight forward manly manner, to
November 24th, 1820, Rev. Mr Brace baptized Christopher,
Augustus, Caleb, Lorenzo, and Sophia Dickenson, children of Fanny
Bannister, also Samuel B., an infant of Robert J. and
March 23d, 1821, Elder Nathan Dennisten and wife were dismissed
to join the church at Sodus.
April 22d, 1821, Charity Stevens, Robert Harris, Polly Glover,
Miller Eddy, Louisa Glover, Milan Glover, Samuel Glover, Conway D.
Crosby, were admitted to the church.
August 25th, 1821 Charles Yale was elected elder.
November 13th, 1821, received into the church, Mehitable Sumner,
Rebecca Phillips, Elizabeth Humphrey, Robert Cross, George Glover.
February 4d, 1822, Enoch Eddy, Benoni Grover, Harriet Hall, and
May 12th, 1822, received into the church, Olive Burnett, Susannah
August 11th, 1822, received on profession, Jacob Cooper and Elizabeth
November 7th, 1822, by S. W. Brace, baptized Willard, child
of Henry Farbush; also Nathan, son of Thaddeus and Fanny Oaks.
April 27th, 1823, received into the church, Asahel Bannister, Polly
Banister, William Butler, Esther Butler, Benjamin Heartwell, Eli
Dickinson, Abigal Parks, Mrs. Harriet Stewart, Jacob and Diantha Lewis.
The Rev. Samuel W. Brace closed his labors with the church
February 8th, 1824.
November 10th, 1834, the Rev. Henry P. Strong was installed
pastor of the church. Present, Rev's Stockton, Larndsbury, Lansing,
Axtell, Pomroy, Wm. Eddy.
October 12th, 1826, Samuel Wright and Charles W. Glover,
chosen Elders, and Doctor Winens Bush, Deacon. Presbytery,
Seneca Falls, February 4th, 1830
STEPHEN PORTER, Moderator.
May 10th, 1831, the relation existing between the Union Religious of
Phelps, and Presbyterian Society of Vienna, and the Rev. H. P.
Strong, is dissolved.
The persons named as follows, constitnted [sic] a new church at Vienna:
Lackey Morrow, (Elder,) Richard Van Vranken. Esther his wife, John,
Lucy, and Mary Wright, Ann Frazier, Enoch Wing, (Elder,) Elizabeth
Rufus Goodale, Samuel Wright, Daniel Peer, David G. Monett,
Francis M. Lansing, A. D. Crosby, Ann Johnson, Sally Beman, Robert J.
Griffith, E. Willard Frisbie, Minerva Wait, Jane McCormac, Anny Merry,
Nancy Gates, Rhoda Crosby, Elizabeth Frisbie, Walter Laidlow, Loa
Wells, Orres Frazer, David Sherrill, Wynan Bush, Robert Allen,
Elizabeth Hibbard, Julia A. Bush, Mary J. Morrow, Margaret Morrow,
Elizabeth Sherrill, Elizabeth Griffith, Polly Woodward, Darius Seager,
Eunice Seager, Eunice Wilson, Sarah Deming, Maria Flynn, Wm. H.
Thomson, Catherine and Sally Crumb, Andrew Robison, Sophia Schutt,
Joseph Bronson, Sarah, Catherine and Mary Brower, Ellen Poe, Joseph
Griffith, Peter and John Brower, Cyntha Brower, Lydia Taylor, Julia
Hindman, Charlotte and Lydia Hindman, Mary Harmon, Jane Laidlow, Nancy
The above persons were constituted into a church at Vienna. In addition
the following persons were dismissed June 4th, 1831:
George, Betsey, Phoebe, John and Frederick Brown, Betsey, Charlotte
and Abigal Brown, Lucretia Bruzee, Elizabeth Goodale, Anna Morse, Anna
Hubbard, Wm. and Mary Hutchinson, Mrs. Guilford, Enoch Crosby, Tobias
Mercy, Mary Sarah Stoutenburg, and Catherine Loomis, to the Vienna
church. Eighty four in all.
The wholesale emigration to Phelps nearly stranded the old church. We
may well imagine their feelings, with Minister and some Elders, and a
large membership gone. But with courage undaunted, the remnant
proceeded to hold up the banner.
June 22d, 1831, Asahel Bannister and Enoch Eddy were
chosen Elders. Cha's Glover and Daniel Trowbridge,
July 31, received into the church, Othniel Hall, Peter Brizee,
Sally Brizee, Eliza Bigelow, Dudley L VanAuken, Reuben Worthy Stevens,
Mary Doty, Elwin Thompson, Elizabeth Brown, Lucinda Crittenden, Chloe
April 8th, 1832, Eli Dickenson was chosen Elder, Osee
Crittenden and Reuben Stevens, Deacons.
September 1832, Rev. Wm. R. Betts was ordained and installed pastor.
John Whipple elected Elder January 20th, 1833.
Osee Crittenden and George VanAuken elected Elders July
The pastoral labors of Wm. R. Betts closed April 14th, 1834.
Rev. Isaac Crabbe appears on the record, July 13th, 1834. At
this point the records are missing from page 70 to 93. 1836, Isaac
Crabbe is still pastor, but closed his labors in the autumn.
November 27th, 1836, Hiram Armstrong was received by profession
into the church.
Wm. Young chosen Elder February 16th, 1837.
August 27th, 1837, were received into the church, Sylvanus Burtis,
Oscar Heartwell, Victoria Bannister and others.
Rev. Ezra Scoville installed pastor Febraury 20th, 1838.
March 11th, 1838, Cotton Dickenson, I. Clinton Stevens, Catlin
Webster, ordained Ruling Elders.
September 7th, 1840, Rev. Mr. Scoville closed his labors.
February 15th, 1842, Rev. Mr. Everett installed.
I. C. Stevens, November 17th, 1842, was dismissed, at his
request, to join the church at Vienna.
May 26th, 1843, Hiram Armstrong was ordained Elder.
Twenty years elapsed without any more additions to the Eldership.
Rev. Mr. Everett was succeed by Rev. J. R. Moser in 1843, he by
John R. Young in 1847, A. G. Moore in 1849, Rev. Ira
Ingram 1853, Chester 1857, Stoutenburg 1860, A.
T. Young 1864, twelve years, Rev. Mr. Werner 1876, Rev.
Mr. Salmon 1880, Mr Richardson 1884, Rev Samuel Murdock
The Phelps Citizen, May 16, 1889
Sessional Records of the Church at Oaks Corners.
(Continued from last week)
List of members of the Union Religious Society of Phelps, located at
Oaks Corners, with time of their admission:
Lackey Morrow, Elder, Aug 7, 1806
Caleb Case. "
Mathew Denniston, Elder
Osee Crittenden, Elder
Abraham D. Spoor,
An intermission occurs of four years to the next admission.
George VanAuken, Elder 1814
Busnell B. Downs,
Enoch Wing, Elder,
Daniel Trowbridge, Elder,
Robert J. Griffith,
Theodore Partridge, Elder,
Charles W. Glover, Elder,
Elias W. Frisbie,
Sally C. Deming,
Ninera E. Glover,
Abel B. Hobart,
Alfred D. Crosby,
Mary Ann Williams,
Benjamin F. Hough
George W. Glover,
Enoch Eddy, Elder,
Joanna Russell, (now Sheckels,)
Francis M. Lansing,
Elizabeth Simmons, (now Green,)
John Whipple, Elder,
_10 in commision at this time.
David G, Monet,
Mary Jane Morrow,
The Phelps Citizen, May 23, 1889
Sessional Records of the Church at Oaks Corners
(Continued from last week)
List of members of the Union Religious Society of Phelps, Located at
Oaks Corners, with time of their admission:
Julia Ann Bush,
John W. Klepeattle
Selah B. Wilder,
Tobias W. Stoutenburg, 1827
Thankful Glover, [sic]
Richard VanVranken, 1828
Martha Maria Flynn,
Lemuel Trussdale Nichols,
Mary Ann Glover,
Ann Eliza Case,
Reuben W. Stevens,
Dudley L. VanAuken,
Mary N. Doty,
Mrs. Roaman Cooper, 1832
Mrs. Philomela Cooper,
This finishes up to the time that the church was organized at Vienna.
SOME EARLY MARRIAGES BY REV. C. M. MOSHER.
John Melvin and Catherine Flint,
1815 [or 1816 very hard to read]
Imley Prescott and Maria Cross,
Stuart Parker and Charlotte Gates,
Rufus Streeter and Orpha Brusee
Desbrow Taylor and Mary Jacobs,
Noah Crittenden and Mrs, Shattuck,
Freeman Robers and Rebecca Woolson,
Kellogg and Wetmore,
Robert Halliday and Rhoda Ward,
Thomas Smith and Pamelia Landon,
Wm. Hubbard and Sopia Gates
W. Partridge and Miss Crum
J. Hovey and Polly Harris
Joseph Annis and Sally Widham
Lettie Paine and Salome Phillips,
Daniel Trowbridge and Sally Blenplay
Andrew Haville and Jane Miller,
John Elman and Esther Olmstead,
Thomas Annis and Sarah Brace,
H.D. Williams and Mary A. Bardwell,
John Turnbull and Mary Cahonen,
John Humpgrey and Pollina Wiggins
Eli Dickinson and Mary Pullen,
Name obliterated and Dolly Dickinson,
Daniel Gates and Maria Boyd,
Wm. Parmalee and Atherine Wright,
Harvey Dean and Mary Crosby,
Carpenter and Smith,
Hugh Humphrey and Phoebe Wiggins,
Nathan Raid [or Rald or Bald] and Sally Chase
Daniel Shattack and Chloe Crittenden,
Many of the above names were obliterated and consequently there will be
These marriages were all performed by the Rev. Charles Mosher during
his pastorate from 1816 to 1819.
There seems to be no record of marriages during the incumbency of
pastors Brace and Strong.
It is exceedingly desirable, in this, our centennial year, that as much
of our town's past history as possible may be preserved.
An original Town Historical Society with a paid Secretary, would be the
proper thing, to insure thorough work and permanency, with preservation
We thus close the hasty glance of our early religious history, and
cannot but admire the sturdy manhood, and strict Integrity tenacity of
purpose, and conscientious devotion to religious principles, of the
noble men and women, who founded and left unto us so rich a heritage.
It would be befitting as we take leave of the century, to erect a
suitable monument to their memory, so that in the generations to come,
it may be said that we were not "degenerate sons of Noble ancestry."
and we enter upon another century, may we be stimulated to higher and
nobler endeavors, ever sustaining the right and condemning the wrong,
reaching out to a pure and ennobling citizenship.
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