Universalist Church Incorporations

Towns of Amsterdam and Minden

Montgomery County NY

Transcribed and Contributed by Karen E. Dau




Amsterdam, Montgomery Co. NY

Be it remembered that at a meeting of the male members of the first Universalist Society of Amsterdam held at the Lodge in the village and town of Amsterdam on the 5th day of January A.D. 1833 agreeable to public notice & according to the Statute incorporating & regulating Religious Societies in such case made and provided, Welcome N. Chase and Joshua Martin were duly nominated & elected to preside at said meeting & to certify and return the proceedings thereof to the Clerk of said County that at said meeting it was unanimously resolved & agreed that said society should forever hereafter be known & distinguished by the name and title of the First Universalist Society in the town of Amsterdam; that the following persons were then and there duly elected Trustees to wit: Matthias Bovee, James Sanders and Bethuel Dean, and that said Trustees and their successors shall forever hereafter be known & called by the name and title of "The Trustees of the First Universalist Society in the town of Amsterdam." In Witness Whereof we have hereunto set our hands & seals this 5th day of January A.D. 1833[.]

                            Joshua Martin

                            W. N. Chase

Witness James Sanders

State of New York

Montgomery County

On the 22d day of July 1833, personally appeared before me Abraham Morrell First Judge of the County of Montgomery, James Sanders personally known to me & I know him to be the individual who subscribed the within certificate as a witness thereto who being by me sworn in due form of Law upon his oath says that he resides in the town of Amsterdam in said County, that he saw Joshua Martin & Welcome N. Chase both personally known to him & whom he knows to be the individuals mentioned & described in the said certificate & who executed the same[,] sign seal & execute the within certificate as their voluntary act & deed for the uses & purposes therein mentioned & that he the said Witness at the time of the execution of the said certificate as aforesaid signed his name thereto as subscribing witness, of all which I am well satisfied & therefore certify the same pursuant to the statute in such case made and provided.

                            Abm. Morrell

Recorded 22 July 1833

                            Geo. D. Ferguson


Montgomery County Record of Church Corporations, P. 128

Transcribed by Karen E. Dau of Rochester, NY




Minden, Montgomery Co. NY

(Minden)

The undersigned two of the members of the religious Society hereinafter mentioned do hereby certify that on the 17th day of May 1879 the male persons of full age belonging to the congregation met in accord with the statute made and provided for the organization of religious Societies at the Universalist Church in the Village of Minden for the purpose of incorporating themselves and did then and there elect by a plurality of voices James Bellinger[,] Henry L. Sanders and William Timmerman as Trustees of said religious Society-corporation and the said persons did then and there also determine by like plurality of voices that the said Trustees and their successors shall forever hereafter be called and known by the name and title of the Second Universalist Parish of the Town of Minden, Montgomery Co. N.Y.

                        E. M. Fuller Chairman

                    John H. Keller Clerk

State of New York

Montgomery County

On this 26th day of May A.D. 1879 before me personally appeared Earl M. Fuller and John H. Keller, to me known to be the same persons mentioned and described in and who executed the foregoing instrument and severaly [sic] acknowledged that they executed the same[.]

                            A. Murray

                        Justice of the Peace

Recorded May 28. 1879


Montgomery County Record of Church Corporations, P. 213

Transcribed on May 11, 2005 by Karen E. Dau of Rochester, NY




Minden, Montgomery Co. NY

(Mindenville)

State of New York

Montgomery County

We the undersigned[,] two of the members of the Society hereafter mentioned[,] do hereby certify that on the thirtieth day of May inst. the male persons of full age belonging to a society in which divine Worship is established according to the rights of the said society and not already incorporated met at the place of worship heretofore occupied by the said society in the town of Minden in said county for the purpose of incorporating themselves and did then and there elect by plurality of voices Mathew Smith, John W. Hawn and Peter Bonesteel as trustees for said society, and the said persons did then and there also determine by the like plurality of voices that the said trustees and their successors should forever hereafter be called and known by the name or title of the trustees of the Mindenville Universalist Society. Witness our hands and seals this thirtieth day of May in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty-seven.

                            Sylvester Yoran

                            Nicholas N. Van Slyke

Signed & Sealed in the presence of [Rev.] John D. Hicks

State of New York

Montgomery County

Be it remembered that on this 1st day of June 1847 personally appeared before me John W. Hawn[,] one of the Justices of the Peace of said county[,] Silvester Yoran and Nicholas Van Slyke who severally acknowledged that they signed & sealed the within instrument for the use & purposes therein mentioned all which I accordedly certify.

                            John W. Hawn

                            Justice of the Peace

Recorded June 8, 1847

                            C. S. Brumley Clerk


Montgomery County Record of Church Corporations, P.123

Transcribed by Karen E. Dau of Rochester, NY




Minden, Montgomery Co. NY

(Fort Plain)

State of New York

Montgomery County

Whereas according to an act of the Legislature of the State of New York, represented in Senate & Assembly providing for the incorporation of Religious Societies, passed April 5th, eighteen hundred & thirteen, the members of the first Universalist Society in Minden, met at the School House in the Village of Fort Plain on the sixth day of April in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred & thirty three pursuant to public notice duly given according to said act for the purpose of electing Trustees for said Society[.] Henry Cook & Solomon Landers Jun. two of the members present were nominated & duly elected by a majority of the members present to preside at said election, being so organized in pursuance of said act to elect five Trustees, one Clerk & one Treasurer for the purpose of taking charge of the estate & property belonging to said Society, & to transact all affairs relative to the temporalities thereof. We the subscribers do by these presents certify that Jacob Hand, Daniel Gros, John Lighthall, Henry I. Moyer & Henry Cook were duly elected Trustees of said Society, and Solomon Sanders, Jun. was duly elected Clerk of said Society, and Jacob Hand, Treasurer of said Society, and that the Trustees, Clerk & Treasurer of said Society & successors forever shall as a body corporate be called, distinguished & known by the name, style & title of the First Universalist Society in Minden in the county of Montgomery. In witness whereof we the said Henry Cook & Solomon Sanders, Jun. have set our hands & seals the day & year last above written.

                            Henry Cook

                            Solomon Sanders, Jun.

In the presence of John Krake

State of New York

Montgomery County

On the 29th day of January 1834, personally appeared before me Abraham Morrell, First Judge of Montgomery County Courts, John Krake personally known to me who being by me sworn in due form of law, upon his oath says that he resides in the town of Minden in said county, & did so reside at the time of the election of the within certificate, that he saw the within named Henry Cook & Solomon Sanders, Junior both personally known to him[,] execute the within certificate as their voluntary act & deed for the uses & purposes therein mentioned, & that he knows the said Henry Cook & Solomon Sanders, Junior to be the individuals mentioned & described in the within certificate & who executed the same, that he at the time of the execution of the said certificate, signed his name thereto as a subscribing witness. And I, the said Judge being satisfied that the said John Krake is such subscribing witness & being also satisfied of the truth of all the above matters, I allow the same to be recorded.

                            Abm. Morrell

Recorded 29th January 1834.

                            Geo. D. Ferguson, clerk


Montgomery County Record of Church Corporations, P.123

[minimally abridged]

Transcribed by Karen E. Dau of Rochester, NY


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