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Clerk of Session, 

M. F. BARBOUR, President. 
W. H. H. MILLER, Secretary. 
O. D. HURD. 



This Church was organized May 5, 1844, by 
Rev. Henry Ward Beecher, and consisted of 
twelve members. 

On June 4, Rev. Charles Beecher was invited 
to become stated supply for one year. He re- 
mained as stated supply until April 28, 1850, 
when he was installed as pastor, but resigned 
on the 30 th of August of the same year, on ac- 
count of ill health. 

After his resignation, Rev. Isaac W. Taylor 
and David C. Blood preached for brief periods. 

In June, 1852, Rev. Amzi W. Freeman was 
called as stated supply, and remained two 
years. He was followed by Rev. Mr. Ray, 
who preached six months. 

In November, 1854, Rev. E. Curtiss was 
called as stated supply, and remained as such 
until May 3, 1856, when he was installed as 
pastor, and remained as such till October, i860, 
when he was dismissed at his own request. 

In October, 1861, Rev. W. R. Palmer was 
called as stated supply, and remained two years. 

In May, 1864, Rev. Geo. 0. Little was called 
as stated supply, and remained as such until 
May 3, 1868, when he was installed as pastor. 



You have now presented yourselves before 
God and his people, to enter publicly into cove- 
nant with him and with them : to testify your 
faith, hope and joy in him; unreservedly to de- 
vote yourselves to the service of your Creator ; 
and definitely to incorporate yourselves into 
his visible people. You thus ratify publicly a 
solemn compact to receive the Father, Son and 
Holy Ghost as revealed in the Scriptures, in all 
the agencies they execute for the government 
of the world, and the offices they sustain for the 
salvation of the church; and to "walk, hence- 
forth, in all the commandments of the Lord, 
blameless." You do also humbly confess and 
bewail the total depravity of your natures, the 
past enmity of your hearts against God, the 
unbelief which has led you to reject a Saviour, 
and the manifold transgressions of your lives : 
all which sins, without exception, you do con- 
demn and forever renounce. 


. And now, in the presence of God, angels and 
men, you do solemnly avouch the Lord Jehovah 

to be your God and portiou ; and the Lord 
Jesus Christ to be your Saviour from sin and 
death; your Prophet, to instruct you — your 
Priest, to atone and intercede for you — your 
King, to rule, defend and enrich you ; and the 
Holy Ghost to be your Sanctifier and Guide, 
looking to him for grace, light and peace. 

Unto this Triune God — Father, Son and Holy 
Ghost, you do now without reserve, give your- 
selves away, in a covenant never to be revoked, 
to be his willing servants forever; to observe 
all his commandments and all his ordinances 
in the Sanctuary, in the Family, in the Closet. 
You do bind yourselves by covenant, to this 
church, to seek its peace, purity and edification, 
and to submit to the government and discipline 
of Christ, as here administered. 

This you do severally profess and engage. 

[If members are to be received by Letter, let tliem here 
rise and take the following covenant:] 

Having already made a public profession of 
your faith in Christ, and solemnly dedicated 
yourselves to his service, in connection with 
another church, and now being transferred to 
this church at your own request, you do now 
covenant to walk with us, in love and Christian 
fellowship; to submit to the discipline and 
doctrine of Christ's House as here administered, 
to attend upon its ordinances, and in all things 
to seek its peace and welfare, as long as you 
shall continue a member of the same. 

Do you thus covenant and promise ? 

[Here the members of the church will rise.] 

And now we, the members of this church, in 
view of these your professions and engagements, 
do now receive you to our communion, and 
welcome you to this fellowship with us in the 
life of faith and of obedience to our common 
Master ; and may God grant that the relation 
that commences between us this day be for our 
mutual edification in time and for our common 
rejoicing in eternity. Should you have occa- 
sion to remove from us, we hold it to be your 
duty to ask, and ours to give, a recommenda- 
tion which will place you under the watch and 
care of some other portion of the church, for 
hereafter you can never withdraw from her 
communion, or live in neglect of her sealing 
ordinances, without a breach of covenant. 

'''The Lord bless you and keep you. The 
Lord cause his face to shine upon you, and he 
gracious unto you. The Lord lift his counten- 
ance upon you, and grant you peace. Amen.'' 

Order for the Reception of Communicants. 

The sacrament of the Lord's Su^jper will be 
administered on the third Sabbaths of January, 
April, July and October. 

The preparatory lecture will be delivered on 
the Friday evenings preceding these Sabbaths, 
and at the close of the lecture a meeting of the 
session will be held, before which candidates 
for admission to the church by profession of 
faith, or by letter, shall present themselves. 

On the Sabbath, the persons who have been 
accepted by the session, being called by name, 
shall present themselves before the congrega- 
tion. The confession shall be read, and the 
candidates signify their assent to it. 

Baptism is then administered to such as have 
not before received it, and the others are called 
upon to signify their acknowledgment of their 
baptism, received in infancy, as the seal of their 
profession and covenant. 

The covenant is then read and accepted. 

The persons received by letter then rise and 
accept the special engagement prescribed for 
them. Then all the members rise, and the 
minister in their name pronounces the formula 
of their acceptance. 

Absent Members. 

The following resolutions were adopted by the 
session of this church, November 14, 1867, in 
regard to absent members : 

"Whereas, in accordance with the provision 
made by the constitution of our church in the 
case of absent members (Book of Discipline, 
Chapter xi ), and the authoritative explana- 
tion thereof, as given by the acts of the General 
Assembly, in 1825 and 1853 (see New Digest 
pp. 41-45):- ^ ' 

"Resolved, that in case of absent church 
members who have been absent more than a 
year without having applied for letters of dis- 
mission, it be the duty of the session, through 
its officers, to write to such persons, when their 
residence can be ascertained, inquiring why they 
have not done so, and urging the importance of 
the act upon them whenever it is possible. 

"Eesolved, that at the expiration of two 
years, all church members whose residence is 
unknown, or who have failed to satisfactorily 
answer the letter of the session, be suspended 
from church membership, for 'willful absence,' 
until by letter or presence they shall give a 
satisfactory account of the same. 

" Resolved, that it be the duty of the session 
to make this rule known to all persons uniting 
with this church, either by profession of their 
faith, or by letter from other churches." 

Baptism of Households. 

[Parents presenting children for baptism are expected to 
give their assent to the following, or like profession and 
engagement, propounded to them by the minieter: ] 

In thus presenting your cHld for baptism, you 
solemnly profess your belief in Cbristianity, and 
your adoption of it as the religion of your bouse. 

You confess that this child has inherited a 
depraved nature, and needs the renewing and 
sanctifying influence of the Holy Spirit, of which 
the water of baptism is the Scriptural emblem. 
: You do hereby consecrate your child to laod, 
acknowledging that it is his— consenting that it 
shall be his forever— confessing his sovereign 
risht to take it from you when he pleases, and 
to employ it as he pleases, in his service, and 

for his glory. - i.u ^r 

Trusting in God for strength, you promise that 
you will bring up this child "in the nurture 
and admonition of the Lord," that you will 
diligently instruct it in the doctrines and duties 
of Christianity, and will humbly endeavor, by 
the steady influence of discipline and example, 
to lead it in the ways of true Godliness. 

This you do humbly, hoping that you are 
"Christ's," and therefore "Abraham's seed, and 
heirs according to the promise," and ori that 
Scriptural ground believing that the God oi 
Abraham will be a God to you, and to your 
seed alter you. Gal. iii, 29. Gen. xvn, 7. 



[ SS-Stated Supply. P_Pastor. T-Temporary.] 
ss. Kev. Mr. Ray. 

ss. p. Charles Beeeher. 
T. Isaac W. Taylor. 
ss. Daniel C. Blood. 
ss. Amzi W. Freeman 

ss. p. E. Curtiss. 

ss. W. R. Palmer. 
ss. p. George O. Little. 

[ * Died. 

* Nathan Farrand. 

* Jaeob Conklin. 

* Frederick H. Tyler. 
Benjamin W. Oakley, 

* John Hamilton. 

d James H. Robinson. 


d Dismissed. s Suspended.] 

Daniel S. Beaver. 
d C. Joseph Deitrich. 

Cj-rus W. Allen. 

Solomon Bash. 

George W. Durgin, jr. 

* Conklin, Jacob 

Conklin, Mrs Frances 
d Fairfield, Sarah 
.s' Hamilton. Jame.s 
McCulloeh, Mrs Susan 
Taylor, Mrs Alida 

Original Members — 18 14. 

d Totten, William 
d Totten, Mrs Julia A 
d Fory, Maria 

* Tyler, Frederick H 

* Tyler, Mrs Eliza 

d Wallace, Matilda M 

d Barton, Nathan 

d Barton, Mary 

d Beeeher, Mrs Sarah L 

d Clark, Zerelda 

'■"' Conklin, Sarah 

* Davenport, Peter 
Davenport, Mrs Elizabeth 

* Farrand, Nathan 
d Farrand, Mrs Ann 

Freeman, Mrs Sarah B 
d Hazleton, Jirs Mehitable 

Added iit 1844. 

I gofglarid, Mrs Angeline 

* Hubbell, Mrs Mary E 
rf Hyatt, Mrs Elizabeth 
d Hyatt, Adeline 

d Jacobv, Sarah E 

* McCuIloch, Mrs Eliza 
d Mills, Mrs Mary 

Oakley, Benjamin'W 
Oakley, Mrs Harriet 
Stanley, Mrs Amelia E 
Tilden, Titus W 


* Anderson, John 
Anderson, Mrs Margaret 
Allen, Cyrus W 
Beaver, Daniel b 

d Bender, David 
d Bender, Mrs Maria L 
Conklin, Theodore 

* Edsall, Mrs Louisa 
Ferris, Miss Cynthia 

s Fairfield, James 
d French, Mrs Lucy 

* Hamilton, John 

Beaver, Augustus 
d McCulloch, Mrs Abby 
Eeiter, Mrs Elizabeth 

Antrup, Mrs Jane 
d Blossom, Mrs Elizabeth 
d Conklin, Mrs Aurelia 
d Cash, Mary 


Hurd, Orrin D 
d Jacoby, Mrs Mary 

Barbour, Myron F 
Barbour. Mrs Jane 
d Clark, Mrs Lucy 
d Chrysler, Charles M 
d Drake, John 

Allen, Rodantha 


Archer, Mrs Chai'lotte 

Archer, William 
d Beecher, Mrs Esther M 
d DvkPS, Andrew 
d Hubbell, Mrs Ann M 


Hamilton, Mrs Agnes E 
d Laird, Robert 

Laird, Mrs Elizabeth 

Laird, E A 


* Laird, Ellen J 

* Little, Mrs Elizabeth 
Oakley, Martha J 

Somerville, Mrs Sarah A 
d Wright, Mrs Nancy 


* Strattori, Mrs Margaret 
Tyler, Mrs Mary 



d Maples, Darius W _ 

* Maples, Mrs Catharine 

* Maples, Mary 
s Pence, Eliza Jane 

* Warner, Mrs Sarah 
s Woodworth, Benj S 


d Drake, Mrs Marietta 

Hurd, Mrs Susan 
s Robinson, James H 
s Robinson, Mrs Mary 


d HalFPy, Miss Letitia 
d JacoV)y, Lysander C 
Kimball, Wilbraham 
Kimball, Mrs Ann L 
Tilden, Mrs Elizabeth M 
* Thompson, Dr. W L 
Thompson, Mrs A M 

s Alleu, John 
Antrup, Frederick W 
Anderson, Mrs Elizabeth 

a Davis, Joseph D 



d Davis, William K 
d Edwards, Christopher C 
d Edwards, Mrs Elizabeth 
Rockwell, Mrs Esther A 

* Storm, Keziah 

d Morgan, Ellen E 


d Totten, Harriet 

s Bryant, Mrs Nancy E 
d Doty, Tamar M 
d Freeman, Mrs Mary 
d Hill, Miss Lucy M 


d Hill, Caroline I 
* McCarty, Mary F 
d Totten, Mary 
d Vermilyea, Marietta 

d Little, Mr.s Amanda 


Blackledge, Miss E 
* Beaver. Mrs Caroline 
d Curtis, Mrs Harriet E 

McCoy, George W 

Oakley, Phebe 

d Andrews, M R 

d Andrews, Mrs Betsy 
Antrup, Henry 
Antrup, Mrs Harriet 

d Folsom, Paulina 

Crosby, Mrs 
d Parker, W J 
d Parker. Mrs Sarah 

Akers, Mrs Maiy 
s Alexander, William 
* Allen, Mrs Elizabeth 

Bash, Mrs Rebecca K 

d Pomeroy, Enos 
d Pomeroy. Mrs Sarah 
s Tompkins, Susan Ann 
s Ulery, Elizabeth 


s Freeby, Sullivan D 
Kimball, Benjamin H 
Kimball, Mrs T R 
Kimball. Samuel W 

d Leonard, Mrs Lavinia M 


d Pierson, Joseph 

d Pierson, Mrs Ruth T 


Bean, Mrs Elizabeth 
Blood, Mrs Martha N 
Burchell, Leah J 
Borden, Nellis 


Durkee, IVtrs Abigail H 
d Deitrich, C Joseph 
d Deitrich, Mrs H M 
d Disbrow, Mrs Charlotte 

* Hough, Mrs Lucy 
d Hubbell, Mrs Lucy 

* Harris, Ellen M 
Kimb.all, Laura A 

d Kimball, Ada A 


d Kimball, Ivory G 

Kimball, William P 
d McDowell, Mrs Mary 
* Michaels, Mary A 
d Ryder, Melissa I 
Re iter, Eliza 

Scoville, Mrs Cornelia 
s Selby, Ann E 
d Taylor, Morris A 

d Armstrong,Mrs T G 

Akers, Robert 
d Barbour, Sylvia 

s Dorman, Mrs Julia 


d Lower, Dr. J S 
d Lower, Mrs Sabrina 
Morgan, Ellen M. 
d Wise, J W 

d Brodie, Mrs Agnes 
s Carnady, Mrs Caroline 
d Fletcher, Mrs Rebecca 
Laidlaw, Walter 


Laidlaw, Mrs Abigail 
Mj^ers, Mrs Mary A 
Rayhoaser, N C A 
Rayhouser, Mrs Lucinda 


d Bodley, Isabella 

Conklin, Joiin 
s Conklin, Mrs Mary 
d Dunham, Henry T 
d Dunham, Mrs Martha C 
* Grout, Isaac W 

Hubbell, Mary 

Jones, Mrs S A 

Knapp, Abby 
Oakley, Harriet E 

d Palmer, Mrs Clara 
Totten, Anna 

d Totten, Mrs Julia A 


d Agnew, Edward 

* Agnew, Mrs Jane 
Beaver, Catharine A 
Butner, Louis 

d Earl, Syrena 

s Freeby, Sarah 
Grout, Mrs Mary A 
Grout. Mrs Lavinia 

* Kiser. Mrs Sarah E 
Kimball, Mary E 

Lawrence, Mrs Elizabeth 

Morgan, Mrs Ann E 
d Morgan, Abby (Rodabaugh 
d Prentiss, Mrs Mary 
d Prentiss, Addie 

Strope, Dennis B 

Strope, Mrs Emily O 

Strope, George W 

Scott, Mrs Eliza 

Wright, Mrs Liveria 


Baldwin, Mrs J P 
Baldwin, Julietta 
Cfise, Ada 
Dodez, Mrs Helen 


* Fairfield, Captain Asa 
Housh, Mrs Essie J 
Reiter, Dorothea C 

Ash, Mrs Addie 
Bowe, Benj F 
Bash, Solomon, 
Barbour, Eliza J 
Baldwin, Samuel 

d Basselt, Walton 
Conklin, Mrs E A 
Conklin, Anna 
Empey, Mrs Louisa 
Erwin, Margaret J 

d Francisco, Mrs M J 
Fairfield, Mrs Anna 
Holmes, Mrs Maria 
Hurd, Aleen 


d Harter, Charles E 

d Mann, Mrs C Etta 

Morris, Martha 

Phelps, Abby 
Pickard, Mrs Catharine 
Rambo, Agnes 
Reiter, Lucy 
Taylor, Sophia (Hulse 
Taylor, Mrs Margaretta 
Taylor, William J 
Woodworth, Mrs D 
Wilson, Mrs Sallie 
Williamson, M F 

Antrup, Hattie 
* Rutner, Frederick W 
d Barbour, Lucius 
d Barl;our, Mrs Elizabeth 

Beaver, Charles B 

Besore, David 
d Besore, George 

Cartwright, Jenny 
d Collier, Mrs Nancy 

Dodez, Augustus, C 

Durgin, George W jr 

Durgin. Mrs Phebe S 
d Dunn, Mrs Ada 
d Green, Robert A 

Hulse, "William J 
d Hadlej', Georgiana A 
d Hadley, Marianna (Smith 

Hadley, Mrs Mary A 

Holmes, Joshua 

Holmes, Clara E (Tarn 
d Howard, Wilber H 

Housh, Samuel J 

Laraby, Mrs Emily J 


d Lipes, Henrj'^ H 

s Moon, William H 

d Moore, Nancy F 
Miller, Wm H H 
Miller, Mrs Gertrude 
McCulloeh, Mrs Sarah 

d Roekhill, Wright W 
Silvers, Henry C 
Smyser, Peter 
Stanley, Martha 
Stanley, Agnes 

d Smith, Harris E 
Totten, Susan C (Miller 
Thompson, Mary M 
Taylor, I Newton 
Totten, Cj^rus T 
Taylor, Samuel J 
Williams, Effingham T 
Williamson, Mrs Mella 
Wilson, Oscar J 
Wilson, Mrs Ellen A 
Webb, Marion A -f- 


Baldwin, Emma 
Brindle, Samuel 
Brindle, Mrs Lucy A 
i Collier, James 
Chapman, William C 
Ciiapman, Mrs Harriet 
Green, Ella M 


Gossett, John W 
Gossett, Mrs Harriet C 
Lawrence, Mrs O B 
Prouty, Mrs Jane M 
Robertson, Mrs E H 
Smith, Mrs KateP 

Biddle, Mrs Callie I 
(Jluipman, Barnum W 


Little, Mrs Martha H 
Sloan, William B 


Armstrong, Mrs M M 
Beaver, Mrs Emily 
Bernard, Mrs N 
Chapman, Mrs Sarah 
Cottingham, Wm H 
Gil'oert, John 
Gilbert, Mrs H Lona 
Gorham, Mrs Grace H 
Hall, George G 

Knight, Johr\ 
Kimball, Jenny O 
Lester, James H 
Mudgo, Smith R 
Nil!, Mrs Sophia A 
Poole, Mrs Maria T 
Reiter. Andrew C 
San telle, P\ilton O 
Stanley, Thomas J