Yates County, New York
Churches for the Town of Middlesex
From the History of Yates County, NY
published 1892, by L.C. Aldrich
pg. 476 - 477
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Churches of Middlesex
Methodists appear to have gained the first permanent foothold of any of the
denominations in the town, their class having been formed as early as 1820,
although preaching of this faith was conducted as early as 1797.
The first meetinghouse of this society was built at Overackerís Corners
in 1836, and at a cost of about $1,000. The
leading members at that time were Samuel FISK, Harvey FRENCTH, Nathaniel EMORY,
Nehemiah BEERS, Mr. WEBB, Ezra FULLER, Jonathan HAWLEY, Jesse KILPATRICK, Cyrus
ADAMS and others. This society
gradually declined and finally merged into other of more strength.
The class at the Center was formed in 1820, with Nathaneil EMORY and
Durfee ALLEN among the first class leaders.
The earlier members were Robert MC NAIR and wife, Chauncey ADAMS and
wife, the daughters of Warham WILLIAMS and a few others.
The brick church was built in 1841, costing $3,000 but the organization
of the society was effected in 1839, by Abner CHASE. The first trustees were David G. UNDERWOOD. R. E. ALDRICH,
Thomas SEAMANS, M. B. VAN OSDOL, D. B. LINDSLEY, John e. WAGER and Jabez
METCALF. The Middlesex circuit was
formed in 1840.
Baptist Church and society at Middlesex Center had their organization at about
the same time as the society in Potter, and was in a measure an offshoot
therefrom. The church at the Center
was erected in 1840. The church and
property of the society represent a value of about $6,000.
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