Unionville Church Minutes, 1831-1839

Session Book of the Unionville Presby Church

Middletown Sept 22nd 1831
At a meeting of the Presbytery of Hudson held at Westown September 14. 1831 A minute was made of which the following is a true extract Viz. A petition signed by sixty nine members of the Church in Westown requesting to be set off from said Church that they may be organized into a Church at Unionville was presented before Presbytery by Mr. Joseph A Bonnell as a committee in behalf of the petitioners. Whereupon it was resolved that said petition be granted; and it is hereby granted; and that a committee of this Presbytery consisting of Messrs. Timbours, Cummins & Wood, be appointed to organize a church in Unionville according to the above request, , A true extract from the minutes of Presbytery at its session in Westown Sept. 14, 1831, Daniel L. Wood Stated Clerk

Unionville Sept 20th, 1831
The committee appointed by Presbytery to meet in Unionville and organize a Church in that place convened agreeable to previous arrangement. Present Rev.nd William Timbour, & Daniel L. Wood
Absent Rev.nd Charles Cummins D.D. The committee in connnexion with Rev.nd Christopher Corey proceeded to constitute said Church composed of the following persons Viz. Samuel Van Fleet, Richard Whitaker, Sarah Van Fleet, Jane Van Fleet, Hannah Pierson, James Van Fleet, Mary Van Fleet, Sarah Middaugh, Benny Middaugh, Caty Middaugh, Leonard Middaugh, Sarah Middaugh, Moses D. Rodgers, Mary Clark, Susan Whitaker, Deborah Smith, Samuel Y. Myers, Phebe M. Smith, Stephen G. Smith, Jacob Whitaker, Martha Whitaker, Julia Meyers, Daniel V. Myers, Hannah Meyers, William A Smith, Catharine Meyers, Isaiah Clark, Samuel Van Fleet Junior, Belinda Van Fleet, Jane V. Pierson, Elizabeth M. Pierson, Elizabeth Pierson, Joseph A. Bonnell, Joanna Bonnell, Timonthy Seidmore, Alfred Bullock, Hannah Bullock, Mary Austin, Theophilus H. Pierson, Elijah Middaugh, Nancy Watkins, Anna Seidmore, Elizabeth Himber, Caty Himber, Jane Shepherd, Eliza Lane Sepherd, Lewis Whitaker, Samuel Clark, John Whitaker, Phebe Whitaker, James Clark, Abraham Clark, Catharine Clark, Jane Miller, John C. Wisner, Sally Conyers, Frances D. Clark, Jane A. Clark, Harminda Smith, Joanna Smith, James W. Decay, Thomas Miller, Abigail Miller, Mary Carr, Lydia Fuller, Hannah Clark, Abrham Inoin, Mary Inoin, Jonathan Clark, Elijah Middaugh was not a member at the time of signing the petition (it was Presby mistake) but has since united with the Church. After which the following persons being duly nominated and chosen by the Church were ordained as ruling Elders Viz. Samuel Van Fleet, Moses D. Rodgers, Samuel Van Fleet Junr, Lewis Whitaker, and Alfred Bullock. Signed in behalf of the committee. Daniel L. Wood
The above is a true copy of the extract taken from the minutes of the Presbytery of Hudson along the organization of the Church at Unionville. Theron C De Paul Stated Clerk of U.C.

Unionville Nov 15 1831
Session met and was opened with prayers. Present Rev.d C. Corey Moderator Samuel Van Fleet, Samuel Van Fleet Junr, Lewis Whitaker, and Alfred Bullock Elders.
Absetn Moses D. Rogers, an elder. The following persons appeared before session Viz Elijah Middaugh and ??? his being duly examined on doctrinal and experimental religion they were sustained and received into the full communion of this Church also Sarah Meeker who had been previously examined by the session of Westown Church was received into full communion of this Church. Session was closed with prayer.

Unionville August 18 1832
Session met agreeable to previous appointment and was opened with prayer. As there was no regular ordained Minister present to preside as Moderator Mr. Samuel Van Fleet was chosen to preside on the occasion. Present Samuel Van Fleet, Samuel Van Fleet Jr., Moses D. Rodgers, Lewis Whitaker and Alfred Bullock Elders. Theron C. De Paul was chosen Stated Clerk of said session.
After having seriously considered the cause of the Judgments of God which are abroad in our land and the cold and barren hearts of this Church at the present period it was unanimously resolved that this church hold a day of fasting and prayer with the Church of Westown and that said day be the one which the session of said church shall appoint. Closed with Prayer. Theon C. De Paul Clark.

Unionville Dec 31, 1832
The session met agreeable to previous appointment and was opened with prayer. Present Samuel Van Fleet, Samuel Van Fleet Junr., Lewis Whitaker, Alfred Bullock, Moses D. Rodgers, Elders. Theron C. De Paul was chosen the standing moderator of said session. The following persons appeared before the session and were examined on doctrinal and experimental religion Viz Mrs. Anna Whitaker, Jepe V Moynes, James K. Shepherd, Lewis B. Smith, Levi Clark, James V. Clark, Jepe C. Van Fleet, James V. Smith, William Clark, Robert A. Clark, Sarah Mana Clark, Charity Jane Van Fleet, Talia Ann Clark, Deborah Eliza Shultz, Benjamin Van Fleet, Mary Montgomery, Cornelius Hougftalen, Di Ann Gorten, Leah Gorten. The above named persons were sustained in their examination and ???? propounded for admission in to this church. David K. Hawson an Elder from Westown being present was invited to sit as a corresponding member of session. Session adjourned to meet on Jan 1, 1833. Closed with prayer. Theron C. De Paul Mod.

Unionville Jan. 1 1833
Session met agreeable to adjournment and opened with prayer. Present Theron C. De Paul Moderator and Samuel Van Fleet, Samuel Van Fleet Junr., Lewis Whitaker, Alfred Bullock, Moses D. Rodgers, Elders. David Christie as Elder from Westown being present was invited to sit as a corresponding member of session. The minutes of the last meeting were read and approved. The following person appeared and were examined on doctrine and experimental religion Viz. Eliza Lane Kimber, Lavina Meynes, Harrison Meynes, Daniel C. Meynes, John Murphy, Arminda Meynes, Hiram Muller, The above named person were sustained in their examination and stand propounded for admission into this Church. Session adjourned to meet on Jan 2nd, 1833. Closed with prayer. Theron C. De Pew Moderator

Unionville Jan 2nd 1833
Session met agreeable to adjournment and opened with prayer. Present Theron C. De Paul Mod. And Samuel Van Fleet Junr., Lewis Whitaker, Moses D. Rodgers, Afred Bullock, Elders. Samuel Van Fleet absent. Dr. William A. Newkirk an Elder from Westown being present was invited to sit as a corresponding member. The minutes of the last meeting were read and approved. The following persons appeared before Session and were examined on doctrinal and experimental religion. Viz Lane Shepherd, Mary Meynes, Jonathan Shepherd, Abraham Shepherd, and Timothy Hinton. All the above named persons were sustained in their examination and stand propounded for admission into this Church. Session adjourned to meet on Jan. 8, 1833, Closed with prayer. Theron C. De Pew Moderator.

Unionville Jan. 8. 1833
Session met agreeable to adjournment and opened with prayer. Present Theron C. De Pew Moderator. Samuel Van Fleet, Lewis Whitaker, Samuel Van Fleet Junr., Alfred Bullock, and Moses D. Rodgers, Elders. The minutes of the last meeting were read and approved. The following persons appeared before Session and were examined on Doctrinal and experimental religion Viz. James De Witt Junr., Mary De Witt, Mary Hughtalen, Sarah Smith, All the above named persons were sustained in this examination and stand propounded for admission into this church. Session adjourned to meet on Jan 15, 1833, Closed with prayer. Theron C. De Pew, Moderator.

Unionville Jan 15, 1833
Session met agreeable to adjournment and opened with prayer. Present Theron C. De Pew, M. Samuel Van Fleet Junr., Lewis Whitaker, Alfred Bullock, Moses D. Rodgers, Elders. Samuel Van Fleet Absent. The minutes of the last meeting were read and approved. The following persons appeared before Session and were examined on Doctrinal and experimental religion Viz. Henry Montgomery, Julia Ett Jarvis, Hannah Jarvis, (All of these were colored friends) And were sustained in examination and stand propounded for admission into this church. Session adjourned to meet on Jan 22, 1833. Closed with prayer. Theron C. De Pew Mod.

Unionville Jan 22. 1833
Session met agreeable to adjournment and opened with prayer. Present Theron C. De Pew Moderator, Samuel Van Fleet, Lewis Whitaker, Samuel Van Fleet Junr. Alfred Bullock, and Moses D. Rodgers, Elders. The minutes of the last meeting of Session were read and approved. The following persons appeared before session and were examined on Doctrinal and experimental religion Viz. Matilda Hasen , Abe Quinn, Salley Jane Middaugh, Malvina Meeker, Mary Elizabeth Austin, Maria Wilson. The above named persons were sustained in their examination and stand propounded for admission into this Church. Closed with prayer. Theron C. Depew. Moderator

Unionville, Jan. 26, 1833
Session met agreeable to previous appointment and opened with prayer. Present Theron C. De Pew Moderator, Samuel Van Fleet, Lewis Whitaker, Samuel Van Fleet Junr. Alfred Bullock, and Moses D. Rodgers, Elders. The minutes of the last meeting of Session were read and approved. William Montgomery, Colored, appeared before session and was examined on Doctrinal and experimental religion and was sustained and stands propounded for admission into this Church. Also Mrs. Margaret Jane Quinn now Miller appeared before Session and presented a certificate from the Church at Westown and was received as a member of good and regular standing. Session adjourned to meet on Jan 27, 1833 Closed with prayer. Theron C. De Pew Moderator.

Unionville, Jan 27 1833
Session met agreeable to adjournment and opened with prayer. Present Theron C. De Pew Moderator. The minutes f the last meeting of session were read and approved. Samuel Van Fleet, Samuel Van Fleet Junr., Moses D. Rodges, absent Alfred Bullock, and Lewis Whitaker. The following persons appeared before session and were examined on doctrinal and experimental religion Viz. Rebbekah Beers, and John A. Whitaker. The above named persons were sustained in their examination and stand propounded for admission into this Church. Closed with prayer. Theron C. De Pew, Moderator.

On January 27 1833 all those persons whose names are recorded from page ????? to page ?????? as having been sustained in their examination for admission into this Church were all received into the full communion of this Church upon a public profession of their faith Except Jonathan Shepherd, Jane Shepherd and Di Ann Gorton who were absent. Theron C. De Pew

Unionville Feb 20 1833
The Session met by a call of the Moderator. Present Theron C. De Depew Moderator Samuel Van Fleet Junr. Lewis Whitaker Alfred Bullock Elders. Absent Samuel Van Fleet, Moses D. Rodgers, Elders.

Thomas Miller was dismissed as a member from this Church by his own request and recommended as such to the society of the Methodist Episcopal Church near Greenville. Theron C. Depew Moderator.

Unionville June 1 1833
Session met at the call of the Moderator and was opened with prayer. Present T. C. De Pew Moderator Samuel Van Fleet Junr. Moses D Rodger and Lewis Whitaker, Elders. Absent Samuel Van Fleet and Alfred Bullock. The minutes of the last meeting were read and approved. The interests of Christ’s Kingdom as connected with this Church was duly considered and the Session closed with prayer. T. C. De Pew Moderator.

Unionville June 2nd 1833
Di Ann Gartan was received into the full communion of this Church upon a public profession of her faith in Christ. T. C. De Pew Clerk

Unionville Sept 7 1833
Session met at the call of the Moderator and was opened with prayer. Present T. C. De Pew Moderator Samuel Van Fleet, Alfred Bullock, and Lewis Whitaker, Elders. Absent Moses D. Rodgers and Samuel Van Fleet Junr. Elders. The minutes of the last meeting were read and approved. A committee was appointed consisting of Alfred Bullock and Samuel Van Fleet Junr to wait on Abraham Shepherd relative to the ??? of ??? ???? Another was also appointed consisting of Samuel Van Fleet and Moses D. Rodgers to wait on Cornelius Haghtalin relative to his immoral conduct. Alfred Bullock was appointed to represent this church at the next stated meeting of presbytery. Closed with prayer. Theron C. De Pew Moderator

Unionville Sept 8, 1833
Jonathan Shepherd and Jane Shepherd were received into the full communion of this Church upon a public profession of their faith in Christ. Theron C. De Pew Clark

Thus far examined + approved in Presbytery at Monticello, September 11th, 1833. Andrew Thompson Mod.

Unionville Dec. 14 1833
Session met at the call of the Moderator and was opened with prayer. Present Theron C. De Pew Moderator Samuel Van Fleet Alfred Bullock Lewis Whitaker Samuel Van Fleet Junr., Elders of Session present. Moses D. Rodgers an Elder Absent. The minutes of the last meeting were read accepted and approved. The committee appointed to wait on Cornelius Hghtalin report they had not an opportunity of performing the duty assigned them on account of his sudden removal to some ???? to them unknown and they request to be discharged from the farther duties of said committee which request was granted.

Unionville Dec 15. 1833

Session met at the call of the moderator and opened with prayer. Present Theron C. De Pew Moderator. Samuel Van Fleet, Samuel Van Fleet Junr, Lewis Whitaker, Alfred Bullock, Moses D. Rodgers, Elders Present. A committee was appointed to labor with Stephen G. Smith relative to the sin of intemperance. Resolved that Samuel Van Fleet and Moses D. Rodgers be said committee. Session closed with prayer. Theron C. De Pew Moderator

Unionville March 4 1834

Session met and opened with prayer. Present Theron C. De Pew Moderator, Samuel Van Fleet, Alfred Bullock, Samuel Van Fleet Junr., Lewis Whitaker, Elders Present. Moses D. Rodger an Elder absent. The minutes of the last two meetings were read and approved. Whereas common fame charges Eliza Jane Kimber a member of this church of having an illegitimate child on the 3rd of August last by Tompkins Myres, it was resolved that the said Eliza Jane Kimber be invited(?) to appear before the session of this Church in order to make a judicial inquiry into her case which resolution was performed and received a very friend reception with her assent to comply with the request of session – She accordingly appeared before session and confessed herself guilty of the sin charged upon her by common fame – Manifested sinners repentance and contrition of heart for her sin and promises a future amendment. After due consideration of her case and the sin of which she was guilty although she manifested sinners remorse; yet in view of the honor of God and the reproach brought upon the cause of Christ in this place on account of her sin. The session feel that they cannot do less than suspend her from the privileges of the Church until there be practical satisfactory evidence of her repentance before God and man – Whereupon it was resolved that she be suspended from the privileges of the Church until there be satisfactory evidence of her repentance. Which resolution was performed in the presence of the Session and the whole was concluded with prayer. Theron C. De Pew Moderator.

Unionville March 22 1834

Session met at the call of the moderator and opened with prayer. Present Theron C. De Pew Moderator. Samuel Van Fleet, Moses D. Rodgers, Lewis Whitaker, Alfred Bullock, Elders Present. Samuel Van Fleet Junr an Elder was absent. The minutes of the last meeting were read and approved. The committee appointed to wait on Stephen G. Smith relative to the sin of intemperance report that they have performed the duty assigned them – that he gave the a friendly reception acknowledge himself guilty gave evidence of repentance and great humility also promised future amendment – which report was accepted and adopted. The remainder of the time was spent in conversation relative to the concerns of the Church Sessions. Closed with prayer. Theron C. De Pew Moderator..

Unionville Jun 28 1834

Session met at the call of the moderator and opened with prayer. Present Theron C. De Pew as Moderator. Samuel Van Fleet, Alfred Bullock, Samuel Van Fleet Junr, Elders Present. Lewis Whitaker, Moses D. Rodgers, Elders Absent. The minutes of the last meeting were read and approved. Samuel Van Fleet Junr gave his reasons for his absence from the last meeting which were sustained. Thomas D. Christie presented a letter of his membership good and regular standing in the first presbyterian Church Wantage (?) accompanied with a regular dismissal and recommendation from the same Church to the presbyterian church Unionville, NY. This was accompanied with a request that he might be received as a member of this church which request was granted. The following committees were appointed Viz. Moses D. Rodgers and Samuel Van Fleet to wait on John Whitaker relative to the sin of intemperance. Theron C. De Pew, Samuel Van Fleet & Lewis Whitaker to wait on Eliza Jane Kimber in order to ascertain her spiritual state and ??? relative to the proceedings of session in her case. The same committee was appointed to wait on Abraham Shepherd relative to the sin of intemperance. Samuel Van Fleet Junr. And Alfred Bullock to wait on Stephen G. Smith relative to the sin of intemperance with instructions to informed him of the duties of ???? provided he proceeds down a course of conduct as is charged upon him by common fame. Session closed with prayer. Theron C. De Pew Moderator.

Unionville August 10 1834

Session met at the call of the moderator and opened with prayer. Present Theron C. De Pew as moderator. Samuel Van Fleet Lewis Whitaker Alfred Bullock Moses D. Rodgers Samuel Van Fleet Junr., Elders are Present. The committee appointed to wait on Abraham Shepherd report that they called upon him and received a friendly reception. He confessed himself guilty, manifested repentance more so than at former occasions, and promised future amendments – which report was accepted and adopted. The committee appointed to wait on Eliza Jane Kimber report that they obtained an interview with her. That she gave them satisfaction to all the enquiries made relative to her spiritual state and feeling ???/ the proceedings of session in her case – which report was accepted and adopted. The committee appointed to wait upon Shepherd G. Smith report that they called at his house but found no one at home – therefore they have not been able to have access to him – They were instructed by session to make one more effort in order to obtain an interview with him. The committee appointed to wait on John Whitaker being called upon to know whether they had performed the duty assigned them by session replied that they had not but would as soon as circumstance would permit – Session closed with prayer. Theron C. De Pew Moderator.

Unionville August 24 1834

Session assembled at the call of the moderator. Present Theron C. De Pew moderator, Samuel Van Fleet, Samuel Van Fleet Junr., Alfred Bullock, Moses D. Rodgers, Lewis Whitaker, Elders all Present. Lewis Whitaker was appointed to represent the Church and congregation of Unionville as an Elder at the next stated meeting of Presbytery Scotchtownown in Sept.er next. Theron C. Depew Moderator.

Examined and approved in the Session of P.b.y. at Scotchtown. Sept. 10th 1834. Thomas Haliday Mod.

Unionville Oct 5 1834

Session met at the call of Moderator. Present Rev. Theron C. De Pew Moderator. Alfred Bullock, Moses D. Rodgers, Lewis Whitaker, Elders Present. Samuel Van Fleet, Samuel Van Fleet Junr., Elders Absent. Samuel Van Fleet Junr. was appointed to attend the next meeting of Presbytery at Goshen on the 20th of this month also to represent this church at the next meeting of Synod in New York on the 21 of this month. Moses D. Rodgers was appointed his alternate in both places. Joseph A. Bonnel and Joanna his wife requested letters of recommendation and dismissal to the first Presbyterian Church Newburgh Orange County N.Y. which was granted. Theron C. De Pew Moderator

Union Vill November the 8th 1834

Session Met at the call of the Moderator

Present Rev. Theron C. Depew Moderator

Sammuel Vanfleet, Sammuel Vanfleet Junior, Alfred Bullock, Lewis Whitaker, Moses D. Rodgers, Elders. Moses D. Rogers was chosen Stated Clerk of said Session. Closed with Prayer. Moses D. Rodgers Stated Clerk.

Thus far examined + approved in Presbytery held at Milford, Sept. 9 1835. Edwin Downer Moderator

Thus far examined + approved in Presbytery at Ridgebury, Sept 14, 1836, B.B. Stockton(??) Moderator

Unionville Sept 24 1836

The Session met according to appoint request + was opened with prayer. Present Rev. M. Fishwood (??) Elders Samuel Van Fleet, Alfred Bullock, Lewis Whitaker, + Moses D. Rodgers. Joseph Chandler, Eleanor Chandler his wife + Rachel Chandler _ Benjamin Moffat + Elizabeth his wife present their certificates of good + regular standing in the first Presbyterian Church Wantage after which they were received to the communion of this church. William H. Newkirk + Dorothy his wife presented certificates of good standing in the Pres. Ch. Westown on which they were admitted to the communion of this church. David Christy presented his certificate of good standing in the Pres. Ch. Westtown on which he was admitted to the communion of this church. Adjourned _ Concluded with prayer.

June 10th 1837 Session met according to appointment, and was opened with prayer. Present Rev. Peter Kanouse, Moderator. Elders Samuel Van Fleet, Moses D Rodgers, Alfred Bullock. Mary W. Kanouse presented her certificate of good + regular standing in the 1st Free Church, Newark and was admitted to the communion of this church. Hannah Chandler was examined on experimental piety and the doctrines of the gospel, with a view to her admission to membership of this church. The session being satisfied with her examination agreed to receive her to the communion of this church. Adjourned + closed with prayer. Rev. P. Kanouse Moderator.

Jun 17 1837. Joseph Chandler n elder from the 1st Pres. Chh. Wantage, and Wm. H. Newkirk from the Presbyterian Chh. Westown. And Benjamin Moffit were unanimously elected as elders by the congregation of Unionville, and having signified their willingness to serve, were duly set apart to their office on July 2 1837. Rev. P. Kanouse Moderator.

September 10 1837 The Session met according to the appointment, and was opened with prayer. Present Rev. P. Kanouse moderator. Elders Samuel Van Fleet, Alfred Bullock, Joseph Chandler, Benjamin Moffit, and Wm. H Newkirk. Joseph Chandler was appointed to attend the meeting of Presbytery in Westown on 12th September 1837. Adjourned + closed with prayer. Rev. P. Kanouse. Mdr.

Sept 27. 1837

The Session met according to appointment + was opened with prayer. Present Rev. Peter Kanouse Modr Elders Samuel Vanfleet, Alfred Bullock, Joseph Chandler, William H. Newkirk + Benjamin Moffat. Absent Moses D. Rodgers. Milton Hawson, Mary E. Hawson, Benjamin Wiggans, James Coulter, James M. Halsey + Joseph Brown were examined on experimental piety + the doctrines of the Gospel with a view to their admission into the communion of this Church. The Session being satisfied with their examination agreed to receive them at the next communion. Adjourned. Closed with prayer. P. Kanouse Modr.

Octr 4 1837. The Session met according to adjournment + was opened with prayer. Present Rev. Peter Kanouse. Modr. Elders Samuel Vanfleet, Joseph Chandler, + Benjain Moffat. Absent William H. Newkirk + Moses D. Rodgers. Francis E. Haynes, Luretta Decker, Mariah H. Picatt, Loretta Decker, Milly Haynes + Eliza Whitaker were examined upon their experimental piety + knowledge of the doctrines of the Gospel with a view to admission to this Church. The Session being satisfied with their examination agreed to receive them at the next communion. Adjourned to meet on the 14 instant. Close with prayer. Peter Kanouse. Modr. Thomas D. Christy was dismissed to unite himself with any presbyterian church in the west where God may direct.

Octr 14. 1837. The Session met and was opened with prayer. Present Rev. Peter Kanouse, Modr, Elders, Samuel Vanfleet, Joseph Chandler, William H. Newkirk, Benjamin Moffitt. Absent, Alfred Bullock and Moses D. Rodgers. Cornelius J. Morford, Hannah E. Van Fleet, Amelia Van Fleet, & Lydia M. Seely were examined on experimental piety + their knowledge of divine truths. The Session being satisfied with their examination propounded them to be received at the next communion. Adjourned. Peter Kanouse. Modr.

March 23d 1838. The Session met and was opened with prayer. Present Rev. Peter Kanouse Modr. Elders Samuel Vanfleet, Joseph Chandler, William H. Newkirk, Alfred Bullock, Benjamin Moffitt. Absent Moses D. Rodgers. Abraham Smith and Jane his wife, Braddock Decker and Lavanna his wife, and Robert N. Newton presented Certificated of their regular standing in the presbyterian church, and the Session agreed to admit them to the communion of this church. Mrs. Julia Ann Elmer was examined on experimental piety with a view of being received into the communion of this church. The Session being satisfied with her examination propounded her to be received at the next communion. William H. Newkirk and Benjamin Moffitt were appointed a committee to wait on Fanny Clark who is charged by common fane with the sin of fornication, and report at the next meeting of Session such information on the case as they may be able to gain. Adjourned, concluded with prayer. Peter Kanouse, Modr.

Aprl 29 1838 The Session met according to appointment and was opened with prayer. Present Rev. Peter Kanouse Modr. Elders Samuel Vanfleet, Joseph Chandler, Alfred Bullock, & Benjamin Moffit. Absent William H. Newkirk. The committee on the case of Fanny Clark reported that they had seen the accused, and that she confessed herself guilty of the sins of fornications, on account of which she expressed her sorrow for having thus offended God and grieved the church. The Session after deliberating upon her case, and the scandal she had brought upon the cause of Christ ordered that she be, and that she is hereby is suspended from the communion of this church until she give further and satisfactory evidence of her repentance, and that her suspension be publicly read from the desk(?) on the Sabbaths in the present of the assembly, by the moderator. Samuel Vanfleet was appointed to labor with Dianna Garton, a coloured girl, for the alleged crime of fornication and report at the next meeting of Session. Ordered that Stephen G. Smith be cited to answer for the alleged sin of intemperance; and that the Session meet for this purpose at the house of the moderator on the 12th of May next at 5 ock P.M., the constant and increasing rumour of his guilty being such as is in our judgment renders this course an imperious duty. Adjourned to meet at the house of the Moderator on Saturday the 12 of May next ensuing at 5 ock P.M. Concluded with prayer. Peter Kanouse Modr.

May 12 1838

The Session met + was opened with prayer. Present Rev. Peter Kanouse Modr. Elders Samuel Vanfleet + William H. Newkirk. Absent Joseph Chandler, Alfred Bullock, Benjamin Moffitt and Moses D. Rodgers. The citation having been served on Stephen G. Smith in due form & he not appearing the Session ordered that he again be ited to appear on the 19th of the present instant at 5 ock P.M. at the house of the moderator. Peter Kanouse + Joseph Chandler were appointed a committee to labour with Abraham Shepherd on account of his alleged intemperance. Adjourned. Concluded with prayer. Peter Kanouse Modr.

May 19 1838. The Session met according to adjournment and was opened with prayer. Present Rev. Peter Kanouse Modr. Elders, Benjamin Van Fleet, Joseph Chandler, William H. Newkirk, and Benjamin Moffitt. Absent Alfred Bullock and Moses D. Rodgers. The committee appointed to visit Dianna Garton reported that they had performed their duties assigned them, and that she confessed herself guilty of the sin of having an illegitimate child and also of the sin of prevarication for which she expressed her sorrow. Whereupon the Session ordered that she be suspended from the communion of the church until she give satisfactory evidence of repentance, and that this suspension be read by the moderator before the stated assembly on the Sabbath. The Session having been satisfied that citations, ordered, had been duly served on Stephen G. Smith and he having refused to appear before the Session ordered that he be and that he is hereby excluded from the communion of the church for contumacy and that his trial be prosecuted as the Book directs at such times and place as may hereafter be directed, and that his exclusion for contumacy be publicly read by the moderator from the desk on the Sabbath in presence of the congregation. The committee appointed to visit Abraham Shepherd reported that they had performed their duties assigned them. As Mr. Shepherd appeared before the a further report is unnecessary. He frankly confessed the sins of having been intoxicated and expressed his sorrow for having thus offended God and wounded the cause of religion and solemnly promised total abstinence from all intoxicating drinks in the future. Adjourned. Concluded with prayer. P Kanouse Modr.

Decer 8 1838. The Session met according to notice and was opened with prayer. Present Peter Kanouse Modr. Elders. Samuel Van Fleet, William H. Newkirk, Alfred Bullock, Absent Joseph Chandler, Benjamin Moffit, and Moses D. Rogers. Mr. Jacob V. Mills presented his certificate of good standing in the Presbyterian Church of Cortlandvill, N.Y. and requested to be admitted to membership with us, and was accordingly received. Adjourned. Concluded with prayer.

April 26, 1839. The Session met at the call of the moderator, and was opened with prayer. Present. Peter Kanouse, Modr. Elders; Joseph Chandler, Benjamin Moffatt and Alfred Bulloc. Absent Samuel Van Fleet, William H. Newkirk, + Moses D. Rodgers. Mr. James A. Smith from the Presbyterian church in Newton, N.J. + Asahel Abbott of the Presbyterian Church in Musconectcong Valley N.J. Present certificates of their good and regular standing, and requested to be received to the communion of this church, + they were accordingly received. Theodor D. Kanouse was examined on experimental piety, with a view to his admission to membership in this church, in which he was approved, + the Session propounded him to be received at the next communion. Ordered that Jepe V. Mynes be cited, on the ground of public fame, to appear before the Session at its next meeting, to answer to the charges of being intoxicated, of disorderly conduct, running horses, + neglect of the house of God. Ordered that Robert N. Newton be cited on the charge of public rumours, to appear before the Session at its next meeting, to answer to the charges of being intoxicated, of disorderly conduct, and for his neglect of the house of God. Adjourned to meet in Union Ville, the 11th of Ma next, at 2 Ock P.M. Concluded with prayer. Peter Kanouse, Modr.

May the 11th 1839. The Session met accord to adjournment, and was opened with prayer. Present Peter Kanouse, Modr. Elders. Samuel Van Fleet, Joseph Chandler, Benjamin Moffatt. Absent Alfred Bullock, William H. Newkirk, + Moses D. Rodgers. Benjamin Moffatt informed the Session that he had served the citations in due forms which were ordered at the last meeting of Session. As neither Jepe V. Mynes nor Robert N. Newton were present to answer to the citations the Session ordered that they be cited again to appear at the next meeting. Adjourned to meet in Unionville on Saturday the 25th at 2 Ock P.M. Concluded with prayer. Peter Kanouse Modr.

Thus far examined + approved in Presby. Sept 11th 1839 Daniel J. Wood Modr.

May 25, 1839. The Session met according to adjournment + was opened with prayer. Present Peter Kanouse Modr. Elders, Samuel Van Fleet, Benjamin Moffit, Alfred Bullock. Absent, Joseph Chandler, William H. Newkirk + Moses D. Rogers. Benjamin Moffit informed the Session that the citations head been served on Robert N. Newton + Jee V. Mynes. Robert N Newton, having refused to appear before the Session wrote to the Moderator a Confession of of the sins with which he is charged, viz. Intoxication, disorderly conduct as a Christian, and neglect of the ordinances of God’s house, but at the same time vindicated his refusal to obey citation or submit to the Government + discipline of the church, whereupon resolved that He be and that he is hereby suspended from the communion of this church for contumacy + for the sins with which he stands charged and confesses to be true, + that his suspension be continued until he shall give evidence of his repentance before God + of his sorrow for having wounded the cause of Christ in the house of his friends. Joseph Chandler + Samuel Van Fleet were appointed to visit Daniel G. Mynes, who is charged by public fame with having been intoxicated to inquire into the truth of the report. Benjamin Moffit was appointed to labour with James V. Shepherd for his neglect of the ordinances of God’s house. The Session provided to consider the case of Jesse V. Mynes. After some deliberation his case was postponed until the 8th of June next. Adjourned. Concluded with prayer. Peter Kanouse Modr.

June 8. 1839. The Session met according to adjournment. Present Rev. Peter Kanouse. Modr. Elder Samuel Van Fleet. For want of a quorum the Session was adjourned to meet at the house of the moderator on the 7th of Sept. next at 3 ock P.M.

Sept 7 1839. The Session met according to adjournment + was opened with prayer. Present. Rev. Peter Kanouse Modr. Elders Saml Van Fleet, Joseph Chandler, Benjamin Moffit + Alfred Bullock. Absent William H. Newkirk + Moses D. Rogers. Messrs Chandler, Moffit + Bullock offered their reasons for their absence at the last appointed meeting of Session, in which they were sustained. The Session proceeded to the trial of Jepe V. Mynes, + appointed Samuel Van Fleet to ??? his cause. Alfred Bullock being sworn as a witness in the case that Jepe V. Mynes confessed to him that he was guilty of the sins with which he is charged in the citations, viz. The sin of intoxication, of disorderly conduct as Christians, + of neglecting the house + ordinances of the Lord. Peter Kanouse being sworn as a witness, said, that in a private conference Jepe V. Mynes had confessed to him that he as guilty of the sin with which he is charged in the citations, viz. That he had been intoxicated as was reported, + that he has conducted himself in an improper manner, + that he had been guilty of neglecting the ordinances of God’s house. The Session having heard the above testimony, + the defense in the case, decided that Jepe V. Mynes is guilty of the sins with which he is charged, + resolved that he be and that he is hereby suspended from the communion of the church for contumacy, + for the sins of being intoxicated, of improper conduct as a Christian, + for neglect of the ordinances of God’s house, + that his suspension be continued until he give satisfactory evidence of repentance. Ordered that the decision of the Session in the above case + also in the case of Robert N. Newton, be read by the modr from the Desk in the ??? assembly. Adjourned to meet on Saturday the 21st at 3 ock P.M. at the house of Saml Van Fleet. Concluded with prayer. P. Kanouse, Modr.

Sept 21. 1839. The Session met according to adjournment + was opened with prayer. Present. Rev. Peter Kanouse. Elders Samuel Van Fleet, Joseph Chandler, Benjamin Moffit, + Alfred Bullock. Absent, William H. Newkirk + Moses Dr. Rogers. Benjamin Moffit reported that he had performed the duties assigned him in waiting upon James K. Shepherd, + that Mr. Shepherd ??? no sorrow for his neglect of the house of God. The committee also reported that Mr. Shepherd confessed himself guilty of having used profane language. The Session resolve that James K. Shepherd be cited to appear before us at our next meeting. Samuel V Fleet reported that he had fulfilled the duties assigned himself in the case of Daniel G Mynes, + that Mr. Mynes confessed that he had been intoxicated as was reported, but he justified the deed on the ground of having drank to intoxication to serve him as a medicine instead of resorting to the physician for an emetic! The same committee was continued to visit him again + strive to convince him of his sins, + also to labour with him for neglecting the ordinances of God’s house. Adjourned to meet at Saml Van Fleet’s on Tuesday the 1. of Octr next at 4 Ock PM. Concluded with prayer. Peter Kanouse, Modr.

Oct 1. 1839 The Session met according to adjournment + was opened with prayer. Present, Rev. Peter Kanouse, Modr. Elders, Samuel Van Fleet + Alfred Bullock. Absent, Joseph Chandler, Benjamin Moffitt, William H. Newkirk, + Moses D. Rodgers. James K. Shepherd was cited, but did not appear; + the Session oredred that he be cited again to appear at our next meeting. Adjurned to meet at the call of the moderator. Concluded with prayer. Peter Kanouse, Modr.

Oct 22. 1839 The Session met at the call of the moderator and was opened with prayer. Present Peter Kanouse Modr. Samuel Van Fleet, Joseph Chandler, and Alfred Bullock, Elders. Absent William H. Newkirk, Benjamin Moffit, Moses D. Rodgers. Amanda DeCaraf from the First Free Presbyterian Church, Newark, NJ, + Lavada Jones from the Pres. Chh. New foundland presented certificates of good standing desiring to be admitted to membership in this church; which request was grandted. Adjourned to meet at the call of the moderator. P. Kanouse Modr.

Thus far examined and approved in Presbytery – Florida September 9th. 1840. Wm. M. Miller Modr.

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