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First Church, Painted Post, Corning [series]: (Item #1)
Session Record Book, February 1834 to October 1845 . Session minutes record names of moderator, elders and corresponding members present, appointments to committees, issuance of citations to appear before session (copied in minutes), hearing committee reports, special meetings, granting letters of dismission, admitting new members, baptisms and officiating clergy, hearing confessions and accusations of misconduct, election and installation of elders, passing judgement on accused members including public announcement of guilt, suspension, excommunication, and appointment of delegates to Presbytery meetings.

 
First page: membership list.
Records names, dismission to (?), suspended, excommunicated, died.

 
Second page: membership list (3 entries).
Records name, when received, how received, when/how dismissed.

 
Following pages: membership lists.
Records names, when admitted, by letter or examination, dismissed to where, suspended, excommunicated, died, remarks. Note: first four pages have no dates, fifth's dated January 1, 1834.

 
February 5, 1834
Session minutes begin. Pagination begins.

 
pp. 57-58: ( August 5, 1836 )
Temperance resolution incorporated into Confession of Faith.

 
pp. 60-61: ( November 4, 1836 )
Above temperance clause expunged from Confession of Faith on advice of Presbytery.

 
p. 62: November 18, 1836 , special meeting
Session refuses to hold a congregational meeting requested by 14 members re: above temperance clause and increasing number of elders.

 
pp. 66-67: ( December 4, 1836 )
Presbytery to meet to discuss the above issue.

 
p. 93: ( February 12, 1841 )
Member charged with heresy for claiming universal salvation.

 
p. 120: ( September 2, 1843 )
Anti-slavery resolution adopted; name changed to First Presbyterian Church of Corning.

 
p. 128: ( November 5, 1843 )
Member suspended for leaving the church during a sermon given by a black minister.

 
pp. 140-141: ( June 3, 1844 )
Presbytery advises Session that suspension for color prejudice is too severe.

 
p. 146: ( Elkland, September 4, 1844 )
Copy of a letter from clerk of Chemung Presbytery re: recent changes in Corning church governance structure, and notice of Presbytery meeting to be held at Corning to discuss this.

 
pp. 154-192: ( December 14, 1844 - September 8, 1845 )
These entries concern the case of one member.. The intensity of this trial leads to a complaint against the Presbytery, and eventually involved the Synod. Note: pagination ends p. 190.

 
p. 194: ( Corning, October 14, 1845 )
Copy of a letter to the pastor from approximately 30 members requesting dismission to form own church.

 
Next 2 pages: membership list (1837?)
Includes name, when and how received, dismissed, suspended, excommunicated, died. (20 names)

 
Next page: (1836?)
Membership list

 
Next 22 pages
Membership lists,some upside down, many corrections, some dates.

 
At end of volume
Copy letter (Corning, November 4, 1845) From petitioners for dismission and recommendations, and resolution (Corning, November 1, 1845 to grant dismission to petitioners without recommendation of good Christian character, signed by church pastor.