MEXICO PRESBYTERIANS 1827-1840
Contributed by an Anonymous donor.
Most Protestant church records can also supply information about where people had been and where they were going. Church goers who were regular in attendance and tithing could ask for and receive a recommendation which could be presented to the new church which would attain them immediate membership and acceptance. When they left they could request a formal dismissal and a letter of recommendation. These documents can be quite useful. Other matters also pop up in the records too. The following collection of items which is not complete does contain a reference to the matter of adultery.
27 May 1827 Alexander McNitt presented a letter of recommendation from the church of Granby for himself, his mother, Mary, and his sister, Mary Eleanor.
27 May 1827 John Becker presented a letter of recommendation from the church of Princetown [Schenectady Co.] & Jane, his wife from the church of Union Village.
19 August 1827 Edmund Holcomb and Sarah his wife, Chester Holcomb and Catherine his wife presented letters of recommendation from the church of Verona [Oneida Co.].
19 August 1827 Elisabeth M., wife of Job Seaman presented a letter of recommendation from the church of Princetown [Schenectady Co.].
19 August 1827 Catharine, wife of Joseph Edick, presented a letter of recommendation from the Protestant Episcopal Church in the County of Otsego.
19 August 1827 Margaret, wife of Henry Hull, presented a letter of recommendation from the Dutch Reform church in the City of Schenectady.
19 August 1827 Catharine, wife of Jacob Fravor, Louisa Davis, and Isabell Little joined the church.
4 April 1829 Samuel Wilson & Caroline, his wife, presented a letter of recommendation from the church of Whitestown [Oneida Co.].
4 April 1829 Anson Gustin presented a letter of recommendation from Church of Litchfield [Tioga Co.], on behalf of himself & wife, Eliza.
4 April 1829 Isaac Stone … a letter of recommendation in behalf of himself & wife from Church of Bridport, VT.
4 April 1829 Letters of recommendation in behalf of Fanny Wood and her sister, Irene, were presented from a church of Westmoreland [Oneida Co.].
7 March 1830 Eve, wife of Jacob Jacobson stated that she was a member of the Dutch Reform Church of Columbia [Herkimer Co.].
May 1830 Archibald Garrison & Sarah, his wife presented a letter of recommendation from the church of Nassau [Rensselaer Co.].
15 September 1830 Nabby, wife of William Porter of Parish presented a letter of recommendation from the church of Hastings.
2 July 1831 George W. Finney presented a letter of recommendation for himself & his wife, Lydia, from the Second Baptist Church at Henderson [Jefferson Co.].
December 1831 Martha, wife of William Porter, being about to remove to the town of Bennington, Co. of Wyoming requested a letter of dismissal.
23 May 1834 Catharine Holcomb, Elizabeth Dixon & Elizabeth Jane Humiston requested letters of dismissal & recommendation to the several churches in the bounds where they had removed.
31 May 1834 In a session at the school house led by Wm. B. Stone, moderator, Elders John Packer, Archibald Garrison & John Miller, Conrad Mowers had been asked to appear to answer the charge of adultery. Conrad had acknowledged that he had committed adultery “repeatedly and under especially aggravating circumstances.” As soon as he was detected “he confessed with the appearance of humility to his wife and to the others deeply concerned, asked to obtain their forgiveness.”
The Moderator said to him, “Whereas you, Conrad Mowers, a member of the Church of Christ in communion with us, by your own confession, are guilty of the crime of adultery, we declare you suspended from the sacraments of the church till you give satisfactory evidence of the sincerity of your repentance.” *
26 July 1840 John Miller & Margaret Miller, his wife, Nancy Jacobson, Luna Grissman, Catharine Carper, Thomas Och, Counrad Mours, Margaret Macky were dismissed to the Presbyterian Church in Parish.
*Very likely this “Conrad Mowers” was Coonrood Mowers, age 85 in 1880 census living with his son, Benjamin at Albion, NY.
Nov 2002 Anonymous Contributor