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First Presbyterian Church of Ovid, New York. Records. [series]: (Item 2)
History: In 1800 Rev. John Linsey organized a Presbyterian Church in Ovid while on a four month mission for the General Assembly. The church came under the Oneida Presbytery, but was soon after moved to the Geneva Presbytery. It requested dismissal from this organization sometime in 1802 to join the classis of the Reformed Dutch Church. In 1803, the Oneida Presbytery issued a commission for the organization of a church in Ovid, and in the same year Jedediah Chapman organized the First Presbyterian Church of Ovid, consisting of 20 members. From 1803 to 1817 it was called the "Seneca Church." It is probable that the First Presbyterian Church had succession in the "True Reformed Dutch Church" of Ovid.

Scope: The First Presbyterian Church records in this part of the collection (1803-1856) are in Part II Books 1-V in the table of contents. From 1803-1817 known as The Seneca Church of Ovid.

 
Book I: History, 1803-1832 . [subseries]:
 
1. "Records of The Seneca Church of Ovid"
Confession of faith; covenant of faith members: male and female.

 
2. Session minutes, [l810]-1832.
Records elections of officers; admissions and dismissals of members.

 
3. List of Church Members:
when received, names, remarks.

 
4. Record of Baptisms
date, names of children and parents.

 
5. Record of Deaths
no names or information.

 
6. Record of Marriages
no heading. Shows dates, names, and residences.

 
Book II: History, 1832-1864 . [subseries]:
 
1. Table of contents:
Records, p. 5.
Catalogue of Members, p. 232.
Catalogue of Baptisms, p. 264.
Catalogue of Dismissions, p. 200.


 
2. History, written in 1832
no author.

 
3. Session minutes 1832-?
records admissions and dismissals, some hearings conducted on charges made by church members against other members (for example, a long hearing recorded on pp. 70-79 dated Aug. 9, 1844).

 
4. Membership (begins p. 210)
Amended List of 1858: when received, names, remarks.

 
5. Membership (page 232)
date, name, remarks.

 
6. Baptisms (page 264)
date, name, parents' names, child or adult.

 
7. Dismissals (page 300)
date, name, where removed.

 
Book III: Trustee's Book, 1849-1897 . [subseries]:
Meeting minutes record appointments of officials, financial information on church property, collection of subscriptions and pew rent and how to get people to pay subscriptions.

 
Book IV: Trustee's Book, 1894-1946 . [subseries]:
 
1. Meeting minutes begin Nov. 24, 1894.
In them are recorded date, members present, committee reports, election of trustees, resolutions passed and budget concerns. Last entry is dated August 2, 1946.

 
2. Trustee's Lists
years elected and removed.

 
3. Will of John H. Sutton, n.d.
 
4. Treasurer's report of The First Presbyterian Women's Association, n.d.
 
Book V: Trustee's Book, 1950-1957 , (paginated). [subseries]:
Minutes begin January 16, 1950. Content same as Book IV, with an emphasis on church property maintenance. Last entry is dated January 7, 1857.