Historic Documents

From the gracious efforts of Nadine D. Thomas, a long time member of the Unitarian Church of Barneveld, we have these transcribed historic records which are mostly related to the Church.

Adam Mappa to Reform Christian Church - 1815

Adam Mappa to Reform Christian Church

Document (s) from the Unitarian Church of Barneveld

Adam G. Mappa , party of the first part, Trustees of the Reformed Christian Church , 
of the second part---February 15, 1815
This indenture made the Fifteenth day of February in the year of our Lord
One Thousand eight Hundred and fifteen, Between Adam G. Mappa of the Town
of Trenton County of Oneida and State of New York of the first part, and the
Trustees of the Reformed Christian Church, of the same place, of the second
part, Witnesseth, that the said party of the first part for and in consideration of the
yearly rent, covenants and conditions hereinafter contained on the part of the
said parties of the second part their Executors Administrators and Assigns, to be
paid kept and performed, hath granted bargained Leased and to farm Letten,
and by these presents doth grant bargain Lease and to farm Let unto the said
parties of the second part and to their Executors Administrators and Assigns, All
that certain Lot of Ground and School House ( so called ) situate lying and being
in the Village of Oldenbarneveld County of Oneida State of New York, bounded
as follows, on the East by the Turnpike Road, and the South, West, and North by
the Land owned by John Storrs, Esq. To Have and to Hold the said premises
with all and singular the privileges and appurtenances thereunto belonging for
the use of Public Worship on the Sabbath unto the said parties of the second
part their Executors Administrators and Assigns, for and during, and until the full
end of two years from the day of the date of these presents fully to be complete
and ended; yielding and paying therefore at the end of each year Twenty Six
Dollars during the Continuance of this Lease,----And the said parties of the
second part, their Executors Administrators or Assigns will well and truly pay or
cause to be paid unto the said party of the first part his Heirs or Assigns the rent
within named at the days and times specified aforesaid.----And the said party of
the first part for himself his heirs and Assigns doth hereby covenant and agree to
and with the said parties of the second part their Executors Administrators and
Assigns that they and each of them paying the rent aforesaid, and performing the
conditions herein contained on their and each of their parts, shall and may
lawfully, peaceably and quietly, have, hold possess, occupy, and enjoy the
premises on the Sabbath hereby conveyed, and every part thereof with the
appurtenances unto the said parties of the second part their Executors
Administrators and Assigns without any just trouble, eviction hindrance
interruption or disturbance of, by or from the said party of the first part or of, by or
from any person or persons whomsoever, for and during the said term of two
years fully to be complete and ended, that he the said party of the first part, and
his Heirs shall and will warrant and defend the said premises to the said Parties
of the second part, their Executors Administrators and Assigns against every
Person or Persons lawfully claiming the same.
In Witness whereof the parties of these Presents have hereunto set their
Hands and Seals the day and year above written.
Signed in very fancy handwriting ---A G Mappa

In the Presence of
Peter _____________

Bond - Trustees of the Unitarian Church to Cuneira E. Vanderkemp - 1866

Bond--- Trustees of the Unitarian Church To Cuneira E. Vanderkemp 1866

Document (s) from the Unitarian Church of Barneveld

Bond--- Trustees of the Unitarian Church
To
Cuneira E. Vanderkemp 1866

Know all men by these present
That Mr. “T” Jas.” Douglas, Henry Miller, Michael Moore
Trustees of the Unitarian Church of
The town of Trenton County of Oneida and State of New York  in consideration of the sum of Four hundred dollars to us duly paid by Cuneira E. Vanderkemp the receipt of which is hereby acknowledged are held and firmly bound unto her the said Cuneira E. Vanderkemp in the sum of Eight hundred dollars To be paid to the said Vanderkemp or to her certain Attorney heirs, Executors or administrators Sealed with our seals and Dated the 8 th day of June 1866.

The Condition of this Obligation is such that if the above bounden Obligors their heirs Executors or administrators shall well and truly pay or cause to be paid unto the above named Obligee the sum of Four hundred dollars in one year from the date of this instrument together with the interest on all sums remaining    unpaid, or cause the same to be paid to her heirs Executors or administrators, Then this obligation to be void otherwise to remain in full force and “_________”

In presence of “T. Jas” Douglas

                                                                 Henry Miller

                                                                 M. Moore

Change name to Unitarian Church of Barneveld - 1960

Change name to Unitarian Church of Barneveld 1960

CERTIFICATION OF CHANGE OF NAME OF A RELIGIOUS CORPORATION  
EXECUTED ON AUTHORITY OF ANNUAL MEETING

    Certificate of change of name of  “The Reformed Christian Church of Trenton, N.Y. “ to  “The Unitarian Church of Barneveld”  pursuant to Section Forty of the General Corporation Law.
    We, George F. Ralph and Caroline Mezger, being respectively the president and the secretary of The Reformed Christian Church of Trenton, N. Y. certify:
  1. The name of this religious corporation is “The Reformed Christian Church
of Trenton, N. Y.” and is a successor to the “United Protestant Religious Society of Trenton”.
   2.   The certificate of incorporation of the United Protestant Religious Society of Trenton dated October 22, 1803 was recorded in the Office of the Oneida County Clerk on June 21, 1804 in Book 1 of Religious Associations, page 13.
   3.   The certificate of reincorporation and change of name to “The Reformed Christian Church of Trenton, N. Y.” dated December 20, 1883 was recorded in the Office of the Oneida County Clerk on March 17, 1885 in Book 1 of Religious Associations,  page 331.
.   4.   The new name to be assumed by this religious corporation is “The Unitarian Church of Barneveld”.

     IN WITNESS WHEREOF we have made and subscribed this certificate this 16 th day of Aug.,1960.     



                                                     (signed)  George F. Ralph
                                                                        President  

                                                     (signed)   Caroline Mezger
                                                                         Secretary




State of New York:
                               ss.
County of Oneida:

     On this  16 th  of Aug. 1960 before me personally came George F. Ralph and Caroline Mezger, to me known and known to me to be the persons described in and who executed the foregoing change of name, and they thereupon severally duly acknowledged to me that they executed the same.


                                                       (signed) Frances C. Gates

                                                            Notary Public, County of Oneida

                                                              Frances C. Gates

                                                                    Notary Public in the State of New York

                                                                              Appointed in Oneida County

                                                                     Commission Expires March 30, 1961


State of New York :
                                    ss.
County of Oneida :

               George F. Ralph and Caroline Mezger being duly sworn, depose and say and each for himself deposes and says that he, George F. Ralph, is the President of The Reformed Christian Church of Trenton, N.Y., and she is the Secretary thereof; that they were duly authorized to execute and file the foregoing certificate of change of name of said religious corporation by votes of a majority of the members present, duly qualified to vote, upon each of the following resolutions proposed at the Annual Meeting, held upon notice as prescribed in Section 194 of the Religious Corporation Law in the Village of Trenton, N. Y. on the 14 th day of May 1960 at 8:00 o’clock P.M.  

  1. Resolved that the name of this religious corporation be changed from the “The Reformed Christian Church of Trenton, N. Y. to “The Unitarian Church of Barneveld”, and be it further
  2. “That the President and the Secretary of this religious corporation be and they are hereby authorized and directed to execute and file a certificate of change of name pursuant to Section Forty of the General Corporation Law and in conformity with this resolution.”

                                                                        (signed) George F. Ralph

                                                                         (signed) Caroline Mezger

Subscribed and sworn to me this
16 th day of Aug.—1960


Frances C. Gates
Notary Public, County of Oneida
Frances C. Gates
Notary Public in the
State of New York
Appointed in Oneida County
Commission Expires March 30, 1961

Deed for property on which church is built, from Dutch. - 1819

Deed for property on which church is built, from Dutch

        Document (s) from the Unitarian Church of Barneveld
Deed for property for property on which church is built from Dutch to persons of the Reformed Christian Church
                                                                              ( My notes say: Deeds Book #34,  p.362)
Dated June 21, 1816        Recorded June 4, 1822      Book DD of Deeds pages 362--363

This Indenture made this twenty first day of June, one thousand Eight hundred & sixteen, between Pieter van Eeghen, Hendrick Vollenhoven, Walrave van Heukelom, of the city of Amsterdam, and Aernout van Beeftingh, of the city of Rotterdam, by Adam G. Mappa their attorney of the first and past and John Sherman, Augustus Chapman, John Billings, Abraham Cooper, Jacob Hovey, James Birdsall, P. A. A. T. Vanderkemp, Adam G. Mappa, Luther Guiteau, Benjamin Brayton, Orion Iver,  Fr. Adr. (written “Ade”) Vanderkemp, the Rev. Isaac B. Pierce, Ephraim Perkins, Amana Palmer, Elders-- Ansel Fox, John Mappa, Deacons, forming the consistory of the Reformed Christian church, and their successors in office, for ever; John M. Watson, Thadeus Ball, Wm. H. Pope,  Ephraim Perkins, Saml. Pitman, Silas Rockwood, Nathan Cole, Tinker __Graham, Roger Wolcott, Thomas Powel, Elisha Davis, Ashbell Woodbridge, Philip Egert, Enoch Hovey,  William Broadwell, Luther Storrs, P.Newcomb, Grove Post, Phinehas Watkins, J.Mappa, Jinks Hale, Loren Baley, Timothy Powers, James Parker, William Morse, William Rollo, Saml. Wolcott, William W.  Griffiths, James Byrne, Stephen Griswold, Saml. Howe, Oliver Watkins, Burden Brownell,  Wm. Bowen (written “Boum”) ,James Douglas, Ansel Fox, Simon Willard, Rossiter Willard, Rowland Green, Timothy Carrier, George H. C. Zahn, John J. Myers, Nathan Townsend, Bela Hovey (written “Hover”), John Storrs (written “Stoors”), and Eleazer Hovey, of the towns of Trenton and Floyd in the county of Oneida and State of New York of the Second part, Witnesseth, that the said parties of the first part for and in consideration of the sum of one dollar, the receipt whereof is hereby confessed  and acknowledged hath given granted, demised   ,_”set and ”? _ to farm let unto the said parties of the second part , their heirs, Executors, administrators, and assigns, all that certain piece or parcel of land situated lying and being in the town of Trenton in the County of Oneida and
State of New York, butted, bounded and described as follows vis, Beginning at the South East corner of village Lot No. 1;turning from thence along the East boundary line N. 21 (degrees), W. 30 links & 3/8 of a link to the stake; from thence S; 69 (degrees)W.; one chain & 25 8/10 link to a stake; from thence N. 21 (degrees) W. 83 links & 3/7 92/100 of a link to a stake; from thence;69 (degrees) W. 83 3/7 92/100 of a link to a stake; from thence S.21 (degrees) E. 83 links 3/7 92/100 of a link to a stake; from thence S. 69 (degrees) E. three chains and 77 links to the East line of the Turnpike road; from thence along the East line of the Turnpike road S. 21 (degrees) E. 30 links and 3/8 of a link to a post; from thence along the North boundary line of the road and South line said Lot N.69, E. five chains, 86 links to the place of beginning, containing Forty perches of Land, be the same more or lef.
To have and to hold the said piece or parcel of land above described with the appurtenances unto the said parties of the second part, their Heirs, Executors, administrators & assigns forever---Provided always nevertheless, & it is the true intent and meaning of these presents, and they are upon the express condition that the said parties of the second part shall erect & build on the said piece or parcel of land, a house or building for public Worship, within three years from the date of these presents and that the said piece or parcel of land shall not be appropriated, occupied or used for any other purpose

than for the said house or building of Public Worship and such other building or buildings as shall be necessary for the convenience of the said house or building of public Worship and those persons attending public worship and that no dwelling house or other private building shall be erected or built on the said piece or parcel of land and that there shall not be any interments of the dead on the said piece or parcel of land and that there shall not be any building of any description whatever erected or built between the said house or building of public worship and the Utica Turnpike road—and further if the said house or building for public worship be destroyed or removed, then & in that case another building for the same purpose shall within six years next after such destruction or removal be erected & built on the said piece or parcel of land, and that the house or building to be erected shall not be used or occupied for any other purpose than for public worship or other solemn occasions. Now therefore, in case any of the conditions, reservations or restrictions above mentioned, shall be broken or shall not be fulfilled according to the true intent and meaning hereof, then this conveyance and the covenants of the said parties of the first part, herein before mentioned, by them to be observed & kept, shall be void and of no effect—and it shall and may be lawful to and for the said parties of the first part , their Heirs, Executors & administrators, and they do hereby reserve the right, into the whole of the hereby demised premises and into every and any part thereof, in the name of the whole to re-enter and the same as their former estate to have again repossess & enjoy, and the said parties of the second part their Heirs, Executors, administrators & assigns and all others thereout & from thence utterly to expel, put out & remove, This Indenture or any thing herein contained to the contrary notwithstanding.

                             In witness whereof the parties of first part, have hereunto set their hands & seals the day & year first above written.


Signed sealed &                                                   Pieter van Eeghen, by
Delivered in presence                                            A .G. Mappa, his Atty.
Of E. Fowler                                                         
                                                                             Hendrick Vollenhoven, by

A. G. Mappa, his Atty.


                                                                             Walrave van Heukelom, by
                                                                                A. G. Mappa, his Atty.

                                                                              Aernout van Beeftingh, by
  1. G. Mappa, his Atty.













On the back of second sheet of the original:

State of New York
Oneida County                         ss : on the 12 th day of January in the year of Our Lord 1818         _________                                      come before me Edward Fowler                                  
                                                       With whom I am acquainted and made oath that he
                                                       Is a subscribing witness to the within Deed               
                                                       And that he saw Adam G. Mappa with whom he is
                                                       Acquainted Execute the same as attorney and
                                                       And acknowledges that he executed the said Deed
                                                       Freely for the uses and purposes therein expressed
                                                       Then appearing therein no material “erasures” (written
                                                       “erasurs”) or interlineations I allow the same to be                                                                    
                                                       Recorded.
                                                                    Th. H.  Hamilton, Judge

                                                      

                         
           
    H. Volenhoven & others
                     To
            The Society of the Trenton
             Church Edifice in Same
               Place

              Rec. June 4 th, 1822
               At 12 M
              Paid 8
              Due---3/6    H


Clerks Office                    ss:  Recorded the 4 th day of June 1822 at 12 oclock M in Book
Oneida County                        D. D. of Deeds pages 362--363

                                                                John Bernard Dep Clerke
                

George Morehouse to Reverend Silsby

George Morehouse to Reverend Silsby

Document (s) from the Unitarian Church of Barneveld

George C. Morehouse to Reverend William Silsby  ( Silsby is Silsbee )
Regarding marriage certificate

                                                                   Law Office of
                                                           Sutton and Morehouse
                                             ( W.B. Sutton,               Geo. C. Morehouse )
                                                               56 Genesee Street

Rev. William Silsby,

         Dear Sir,
                 Enclosed you will find some papers giving you an  ab”_abstract??” of the law on the subject you mentioned to me, which you are at liberty to keep if you so desire.
                  The certificate, also enclosed, contains all the matters required by our statutes and will stand the scrutiny of years and the test of a trial at law—
                   I wish you would sign it just as it is, and then go before a Justice of the Peace and “acknowledge it “ and he will fill up the form on the back, which you will notice I have left for that purpose—
                    Having had a great deal of trouble in proving marriages and considerable useless expense I have determined that mine shall be on file “c________”
                    I do not recommend the certificate to you to follow but it does contain the requirements of the statute, in the language thereof. The acknowledgement I speak of is the same required to record a deed and is also required to enable a certificate to become a record.  If you wouldn’t consider it impertinent, I would recommend, that whatever form of certificate you may adopt, you should go before a magistrate, ( Justice of the Peace will answer ) , but not a Notary Public, acknowledge the execution of the certificate and give it to the town clerk to record.  It may save the property rights of a good many women, saying nothing of any higher rights.
                     To be sure, marriage can be proved otherwise, but it involves large expense and loss of time to the witnesses and is only circumstantial evidence when you get it.
                                                            
                                                 Very truly yours
                                                    Geo . C. Morehouse

P.S. The certificate enclosed, if convenient, return to me.
                                                                 G. C. M.

My birthplace was Fairfield, Herkimer Co. N.Y. and I think Jennie’s was Trenton.
                                                                   G. C. M.

Girelius' List of Ministers - 1952

Girelius' List of Ministers 1952

This is probably the work of Charles G. Girelius, who served from 1941—1952.

“ Ministers Who Have Served the Reformed Christian Church (Unitarian) of Barneveld, N.Y.
From its Founding to the Present Date”

The United Protestant Religious Society of Trenton, N. Y., organized Sept. 19,1803.

John Sherman----Called, Aug.11,1805. Accepted call, Feb.18, 1806. Resigned, March 4, 1810.

The Reformed Christian Church organized, March 18, 1806.

Church without minister, 1810—1814

Issac B. Pierce----called, Nov.6,1814.  Installed, March 19, 1815.

Church Building erected, 1815---1816.  Pierce given a year’s leave of absence,  June 1, 1840.  Resigned,  May 22, 1841.

Edgar Buckingham----Filled pulpit during Pierce’s leave of absence, and became settled minister when Pierce resigned, May 22, 1841.  Resigned, Aug. 1, 1852.

Thomas W. Brown----Accepted call, Dec., 1852.

John B. Wright----March 1853. Served six months.

Charles Ritter----called, June 1855. Served one year.

B. S. Fanton----Served, 1856---1861

Charles Ritter----Again served one year, 1861---1862

Jefferson Myers Fox----Called, June 29, 1862.

New Statement of Belief adopted, Jan. 7, 1865.  See Record Book, page 81.

William Silsbee----Settled, July, 1867.  Was the first to occupy the Vanderkemp House, after it was given (incorrect; it was leased) as Parsonage. Resigned, 1887.  Resignation took effect, 1869.

M. Hinckley----Served from May to August, 1888.

Edward Foster Temple----Installed, Jan.18,1889. Resigned, May, 1892

S. W. Sutton----1892---1893

Walter Moore----Settled, Oct., 1893.  Ceased work on account of illness, Nov. 1894.  Died, Feb., 1895

Edward Foster Temple----Returned, July, 1895.  Resigned, Oct., 1898.Unity Hall built, Dec. 21, 1895.

Wayland L. Beers----Settled, Nov., 1898.  Resigned, Feb., 1901.

Charles Graves----Settled, August 1, 1901,  Resigned, 1907. Celebrated 100th Anniversary of Church.  Author of a history of the Church, “A Century of Village Unitarianism”.k

S. C. Weatherly----Served, 1907---1910

John L. Robinson----Served, 1910---1913

John Henry Mueller---Served, 1913---1919

T. Clinton Brockway----Served, 1919---1920

S. D. Butler----Served, 1920.

James Huxtable----Served, November, 1920---June, 1921

Walter A. Taylor----Served, 1921---1936

Edwin Fairley----Settled, September 12, 1936---Died, May 16, 1941.

Charles G. Girelius----Began supplying pulpit, September 7, 1941. Received call, September 18, 1941. Settled as minister of the church, October 5, 1941.

Girelius List of Ministers with Additions by NDT - 2012


Girelius' List of Ministers with Additions by NDT 2012

(Girelius’ list of ministers with additions by NDT. Hopefully this will be added to theFloppy December 8, 2012)

This is probably the work of Charles G. Girelius, who served from 1941—1952.

“ Ministers Who Have Served the Reformed Christian Church (Unitarian) of Barneveld, N.Y.
From its Founding to the Present Date”

The United Protestant Religious Society of Trenton, N. Y., organized Sept. 19,1803.

John Sherman----Called, Aug.11,1805. Accepted call, Feb.18, 1806. Resigned, March 4, 1810.

The Reformed Christian Church organized, March 18, 1806.

Church without minister, 1810—1814

Issac B. Pierce----called, Nov.6,1814.  Installed, March 19, 1815.

Church Building erected, 1815---1816.  Pierce given a year’s leave of absence,  June 1, 1840.  Resigned,  May 22, 1841.

Edgar Buckingham----Filled pulpit during Pierce’s leave of absence, and became settled minister when Pierce resigned, May 22, 1841.  Resigned, Aug. 1, 1852.

Thomas W. Brown----Accepted call, Dec., 1852.

John B. Wright----March 1853. Served six months.

Charles Ritter----called, June 1855. Served one year.

B. S. Fanton----Served, 1856---1861

Charles Ritter----Again served one year, 1861---1862

Jefferson Myers Fox----Called, June 29, 1862.

New Statement of Belief adopted, Jan. 7, 1865.  See Record Book, page 81.

William Silsbee----Settled, July, 1867.  Was the first to occupy the Vanderkemp House, after it was given (incorrect; it was leased) as Parsonage. Resigned, 1887.  Resignation took effect, 1869.

M. Hinckley----Served from May to August, 1888.

Edward Foster Temple----Installed, Jan.18,1889. Resigned, May, 1892

S. W. Sutton----1892---1893

Walter Moore----Settled, Oct., 1893.  Ceased work on account of illness, Nov. 1894.  Died, Feb., 1895

Edward Foster Temple----Returned, July, 1895.  Resigned, Oct., 1898.            Unity Hall built, Dec. 21, 1895.

Wayland L. Beers----Settled, Nov., 1898.  Resigned, Feb., 1901.

Charles Graves----Settled, August 1, 1901,  Resigned, 1907. Celebrated 100th Anniversary of Church.  Author of a history of the Church, “A Century of Village Unitarianism”.

S. C. Weatherly----Served, 1907---1910

John L. Robinson----Served, 1910---1913

John Henry Mueller---Served, 1913---1919

T. Clinton Brockway----Served, 1919---1920

S.(Stannard) D. (Dow) Butler----Served, 1920—died August 18,1945 in Buffalo

James Huxtable----Served, November, 1920---June, 1921—born Bristol, born Bristol, England, March 14,1849 ---died Newport (NY?)Sept. 12, 1929---
Taken to Massachusetts for burial

Walter A. Taylor----Served, 1921---1936

Edwin Fairley----Settled, September 12, 1936---Died in the parsonage  May 16, 1941.

Charles G. Girelius----Began supplying pulpit, September 7, 1941. Received call, September 18, 1941. Settled as minister of the church, October 5, 1941; installed April 27, 1942 .
Leaving Sept. 1952

T. Conley Adams—coming Dec. 1952; died 1956

Leon Simonetti—August 1957; left Sept. 1959

Kuby and Thor to alternate—Jan. 1960

Frank Edson Robertson—1961—1964; June 1961, Feb.1962; installed Dec.1962

Kenneth Mochel—March 1965;  8 months; left Nov. 1,1965

Timothy Hume Behrendt—1965—1974

Mitchell Sherak Howard—1975—1978; contract altered so he could resign—no money to pay him

Kim Christiana—1982—1988

Judith Hodgkinson—1990—1991

Lynn Ashley—agreement specified “ interim consulting part time minister”—signed agreement March 13, 2004; last Sunday, June 5, 2011.

John and Mary Pratt commemorative plaque from Museum Room - 1990

John and Mary Pratt commemorative plaque from Museum Room 1990

Commemorative plaque hung in the museum room of the parsonage reads as follows:
                          In grateful recognition of
                               John & Mary Pratt
                           For their dedicated effort in
                           Restoration of this parsonage
                                        Presented by
                            The Unitarian Church of Barneveld
                                       June 10, 1990

Jonah Nancy Howe to Reformed Christian Church,  

Leased the Van der Kemp house to the church to use as a parsonage - 1873

Jonah, Nancy Howe to Reformed Christian Church 1873

Document (s) from the Unitarian Church of Barneveld

[Jonah and his wife, Nancy Guiteau Howe leased the Van der Kemp house to the church to use as a parsonage on May 11, 1869. Cuneira Engelbertha Van der Kemp died January 3, 1868.]

Jonah Howe and wife to Reformed Christian Church----Lease

Page l---Cover sheet
“Jonah Howe
and wife
To
Reformed Christian Church
Lease
Recd ( recorded ) Sept 8 1873
8-“P__”
Oneida County---Recd Sept 8 1873 at 2 ½  PM in Book No. 338 of Deeds at page 311”
Clerks Office

Page 2
This Indenture made the Sixth day of May, one thousand eight hundred and sixty nine, Between Jonah Howe of the City of New York and Nancy his wife parties of the first part and the Reformed Christian Church of the Village of Trenton in the County of Oneida and State of New York party of the second part.
         Witnesseth; that the said parties of the first part, for the better maintenance and support of said Church, as well as for the purpose of sustaining the preaching of Liberal Christianity therein, as also for and in consideration of the rent of one dollar, to them in hand paid, by the said party of the second part, the receipt of which is hereby acknowledged, have devised granted and  to farm let, and by these presents do devise, grant and to farm let , unto the said party of the second part All that certain piece, or parcel of Land, situate, lying, and being, in the Village of Trenton, County of Oneida, and State of New York, ” Known” and distinguished as being a part of Village Lot Number one in said village, which according to a survey thereof made by Henry Broadwell the Ninth day of March 1868 is bounded as follows:
Beginning in the centre of the Road dividing said Lot Number one and at the North West Corner of the Lot herein described and running thence North Sixty- two Degrees and fifteen minutes East along the North Bounds thereof and the South Bounds of the Lands of Luther Guiteau three chains to the Cincinatti Creek ( to the center of said  Creek )

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thence along “down” the centre of said Creek as it winds and turns to the South East corner of the Lot herein described and to the North East corner of the Lands conveyed to Jacob Wickes by the Sheriff of Oneida, thence along North Bounds of the Lands conveyed to said Wickes, and the South Bounds of the Lands herein described three chains to the centre of the aforenamed Road thence North twenty seven and three quarters Degrees West along the centre of said Road to the place of beginning Containing one and thirteen one hundredths acres of land more or less, being the same Land and premises sold and conveyed to the said Jonah Howe by Pauline E. Heinz and John J. Vanderkemp by deed bearing date the 17 th day of March 1868, Together with all and singular the tenements, “ hereditaments” and appurtenances thereunto belonging or in any wise appertaining and all the rents issues and profits thereof To Have and To Hold all and singular the above mentioned and described premises together with the appurtenances unto the said party of the second part so long as said premises shall be used as a parsonage for, or for the use or benefit of, said church, it being understood and agreed, by and between said parties hereto that the said party of the second part, shall and will during the use or occupation of said premises by or for the use or benefit of said party of the second part pay all ordinary and extraordinary taxes assessed or imposed on the said premises and at its own cost and expense make all necessary repairs to keep the buildings and fences which are now or hereafter may be erected on said premises in good and “______________” condition and at all times keep the same insured against loss

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or damage by fire in an amount equal at to one half of the value of the improvements thereon.------
                  But it is expressly provided and agreed by and between the parties hereto, and these presents are executed and delivered upon the express condition that whenever by reason of the organization of said Church not being kept up or for any other reason the said premises shall not be so used or occupied as a parsonage for, or for the use or benefit of said Church that thereupon after the expiration of one year from and after the time that the said premises shall cease to be so used or occupied it shall and may be lawful to and for the said Jonah Howe and his heirs and assigns to re-enter into and upon the said Lands and premises, and the same to have again as his first and former estate, as though these presents had not been made, the said party of the second part however to be thereupon paid the amount expended by said Church for repairs on said premises not exceeding however the sum of five hundred dollars, and this Lease and the term thereby created and all the Covenants therein contained shall therefore be ended and determined.______________
                     In witness whereof the said parties of the first part have hereunto set their hands and seals the day and year first above written.

                                                     ( signed )
                                                                     Jonah Howe
                                                                      N. G. Howe
Sealed and Delivered
In the presence of
“C” or “G” Prichard
         
 Page 5---
Oneida County
State of New York
         I certify that on the Eleventh day of May 1869, before me appeared Jonah Howe and Nancy G., his wife, both of the City and county of New York and of the State of New York, both to me personally known to be the persons described in and who executed the foregoing deed and severally acknowledged the Execution thereof.  And the Said Nancy G. on a private Examination apart from her husband, acknowledged that she Executed the same duly and without any fear or compulsion of her husband.

                                                                                  Griffith Prichard
                                                                                         Justice of the Peace

Letter from Col A G Mappa to John Sherman - Feb. 1805

Letter from Col. A. G. Mappa to John Sherman Feb. 1805

Letter from Col. A. G. Mappa to Rev. John Sherman, _______field, Conn., dated
February 22, 1805.

                                                                           Oldenbarneveld  Febr. 22, 1805

Respected and esteemed Friend:

With the utmost pleasure I received, and with the greatest satisfaction imaginable I perused your kind epistle of Jany. 28, delivered to me by Mr. Parker.  Your charitable disposition, your forgiving temper, your forbearing love towards your enemies and ecclesiastical persecutor, commands my highest admiration and esteem, for your benevolent heart; alas; why are your Ministerial Brethren acting against the Law of God, against the commands of our blessed Saviour, unmindful of their Christian duty, unfeeling to Christian Charity?  Will it avail them, to plead in the great day of Judgement, their education, their prejudices, their retention of their errors, their condemning spirit, their persecuting hatred against a Brother who differs with them in opinions, opinions which have been too long been a reproach to the Christian Religion, which never could be defended by pious, judicious, and impartial divines, which are contradictory to the Old and New Testaments, which were never preached nor teached by Jesus Christ, nor his apostles, but had their origin from Paganism, invented and supported in the interests first ages after Christ by vain mortals, proud and ambitious Bishops, who deposed, banished, and murdered one another for the establishment of their opinions and yet we see in our days men who are guided by the same passions, the same, pride, the same uncharitable intolerance, persecuting you and others, this is undoubtedly the pleasure, the wisdom, of that omnipotent Being whose ways are unsearchable, whose secrets are a great deep for us, weak, and short-sighted mortals.  However we are obliged to make use of our understandings, and by searching the scriptures we can be instructed, enlightened, and brought to the knowledge, of clearing away the dark mist, the most incomprehensible mistery which human error has long (?) invented to overcloud the brightest, the most simple and comprehensive parts of our Religion, alone sufficient for our Salvation:
         How many, and how incontrovertible are the passages to be found in the Bible prescribing our duty, our conduct, our adoration to the one only Being, the Father, Creator, and preserver of all?  How admirable perspicuous has this doctrine been enforced by Jesus Christ, and his Apostles?  How can it be possible that Men of Education, of learning, of Piety, do err in this point, and aggravate their error by persecution, by anathemas; of prejudiced blockheads I can conceive it, but of those who call themselves well-informed Religious and Pious ministers it is impossible because they have the means of being instructed, particularly by perusing the 1 rst. and 3 rd. chapters of Paul’s first Epistle to the Corinthians, and to neglect this duty the fault lays at their door.  How many learned Divines and Laics (?), by searching the Scriptures, studying the lucubrations of Pious, and eminent Christians have confessed their errors, and given up the point disputed since ages returning to the primitive doctrine of Jesus Christ, and his apostles; The eminent and Pious Dr. Watts, few months before his death, confessed to one of his
most intimate friends, his error, and had it pleased god to spare his Life, he would have erased the contrary tenet, from all his works.  The learned and Pious Dr. Tillotson was convinced of this great truth, confessed it in secret, (as I am credibly informed), and would have given undoubted proofs of his convictions, had not human fear, and difficulties prevented it, on account of his eminent station in the established church, his sermons however are moderate, Pious instructive to all Christians; The Learned and Pious Dr. Priestly, Dr. Lindsey, Dr. Cappe, Dr. Lardner, and formerly a merchant of Montrose in Scotland, Mr. Christie, now an eminent Divine, of the Unitarian church of Christ in that city  all shook off the erroneous prejudices of their trinitarian education, and enlighten thousands in the only scripture doctrine of Jesus Christ, the belief in one God, Creator and preserver of all.
         Why, let me ask, is this not the case in our happy America, where Religious Liberty is yet tolerated? Where Divines, instead of freeing themselves from the
Shackles of prejudice and error, do yet persecute as in the former and dark ages of fanaticism, a Brother, more enlightened than they are, wishing to teach the pure the heavenly doctrine of Jesus?  Why do they by this, and the like conduct give strength, to scoffers and Infidels? And are the cause of recording these uncharitable proceedings ( #)  Your defence against the persecuting association could not be avoided, nor should I have wished you my friend to be silent in this cause, and I hope that it may be so directed by your candour and courage that the conviction will strike forcibly upon the hearts and understandings, not only of the ministerial Brethren, but upon every one Who will read it.  Then shall we have again a proof of Divine interference, in creating this difficulty to you, in order that a great blessing may be diffused among mankind, and the truth of pure Christian Religion shine forth with renewed splendor, to the unspeakable joy of the Thousands and tens of Thousands who have been relieved from their errors. I am anxiously waiting for the pleasure of reading your defense—the result of it among the fanatic and unrelenting Ministers, I am able to foresee—knowing; what effect it will produce, your prospect of being useful will vanish, because they will not spare nor forgive, and the thunders of anathematizing will be heard on every Sunday from their pulpits, till the weak, the uninformed , the illiterate will abuse you and make your abode among them not alone unpleasant, but dangerous—there is no peace with offended Echlesiastics, to what excesses did they go in former ages, and bro’t their adherents to commit the most cruel barbarity for the sake of opinions, of gaining their point, of being triumphant in their oppressions;--Happy shall I be to receive from you a more agreeable information than my fears suggest, praying the Divine Disposer of Events, to watch over you, and keep you and your dear family safe from all danger.
         Pleased with the prospect of receiving your promised and kind visit, we anticipate the moment of seeing you under our roof, when our newly formed correspondence will be strengthened by our personal acquaintance, fully convinced that our friend, Joshua Storrs, has not been too over zealous in representing to me a friend worthy his and my esteem and affection, particularly since your letter confirms all what he has advanced of your generous character.
With you my friend I wish, that should it please Providence to see you removed from your present congregation, that in his wisdom he may see fit to open a door reinstating you in the gospel ministry among us, to which establishment I hope,
and am willing to contribute with pleasure—Whatever effect it may have on some members of your church, who affectionately, wish to follow you, there is no doubt or they will find several good Lots of Land, both improved and unimproved, to suit their circumstances, and I shall with pleasure see our number increase if they are men of your description.
         Mrs. Mappa joins me in the request of presenting our best respects to Mrs. Sherman, wishing, if convenient to the circumstances of your family by visiting us this Spring, that then, we might be favored with Mrs. Sherman’s visit also, which would be very agreeable to Mrs. Storrs and to us.
             With sentiments of affection and Sincere regard I have the honor to remain,
                                                                   Respected and Esteemed Friend;
                                                                              Your Obedt. Friend

(#) The original contains at this point, but crossed out, “this will be when known, a very welcome news, to the blasphemous Tom Paine and his adherents, an other pamphlet of his will record these uncharitable proceedings, and very probable give free scope for his baneful influence principles, in undermining the Christian Religion, which has been so unhappily the case with his age of Reason.”



I have retyped this  letter from Col. A. G. Mappa to John Sherman, dated February 22, 1805 from a formerly typewritten copy by person unknown. At the moment I have neither the original handwritten copy, nor a photostatic copy of same.
The crossed out words are as found on the original typewritten copy, which, no doubt, copies those on the handwritten document.
Nadine D. Thomas -------January 15, 2007

Letter to Reverend Francis Adrian Vanderkemp from George Washington 1788

Letter to Reverend Francis Adrian Vanderkemp from George Washington 1788

Letter to Reverend Francis Adrian Vanderkemp

From George Washington, May 28, 1788

Mount Vernon, May 28, 1788

Sir:

The letter which you did me the favor to address to the 15 th. of this instatt. ( instat is a commonly used term in old writing which I believe means this month)

From New York has been duly received, and I take the speediest occasion to well-come your arrival on the American shore.

I had always hoped that this land might become a safe and agreeable Asylum to the virtuous and persecuted part of mankind, to whatever nation they might belong; but I shall be the more particularly happy, if this Country can be, by any means, useful to the Patriots of Holland, with whose situation I am peculiarly touched, and of whose public virtue I entertain a great opinion.

You may rest assured, Sir, of my best and most friendly sentiments of your suffering compatriots, and that, while I deplore the calamities to which many of the most worthy members of your community have been reduced by the late foreign interposition in the interior affairs of the United Netherlands; I shall flatter myself that many of them will be able with the wrecks of their fortunes which may have escaped the extensive devastation, to settle themselves in comfort, freedom and ease in some corner of the vast regions of America.  The spirit of the Religions and the genius of the political institutions of this Country must be an inducement.  Under a good government (which I have no doubt we shall establish) this Country certainly promises greater advantages, than almost any other, to persons of moderate property, who are determined to be sober, industrious and virtuous members of Society.  And it must not be concealed, that a knowledge that these are the general characteristics of your compatriots would be a principal reason to consider their advent as a valuable acquisition to our infant settlements.  If you should meet with as favorable circumstances, as I hope will attend your first operations; I think it probable that your coming well be the harbinger for many more to adventure across the Atlantic.

In the meantime give me leave to request that I may have the pleasure to see you at my house whensoever it can be convenient to you, and to offer whatsoever services it may ever be in my power to afford yourself, as well as to the other Patriots and friends to the rights of Mankind of the Dutch Nation. I am etc.


Loss of corporate status United Protestant Religious Society - 1883

Loss of corporate status United Protestant Religious Society 1883

“The United Protestant Religious Society of Trenton …which said  incorporation by means of neglect to exercise any of the powers necessary for its preservation has become dissolved…”

December 20,1883    signed by  H.S. Stanton and Robert Prichard

Village and Town of Trenton
County of Oneida                     ss   We the undersigned two of the members of State of New York                           the church, congregation and religious
                                                        Society ---which for years past has been and now is connected with and which has been and now is the owners in fee of, occupants and, in possession of the lands tenements----appurtenances and personal property formerly owned and possessed by the Incorporation or corporation known as The United Protestant Religious Society of Trenton, of Trenton aforesaid, which said Incorporation by means of neglect to exercise any of the powers necessary for its preservation has become dissolved and which congregation and religious society so connected with said Incorporation during a number of years past has acquired other property real and personal in addition to that formerly owned and possessed by said Incorporation or Corporation, and has been known as the Reformed Christian Church of Trenton aforesaid, and no record of its incorporation as such has been found, do hereby certify that on the 18 th day of December 1883 the persons of full age belonging to said congregation, church and religious society, worshiping in the building formerly owned and possessed by said corporation, and by said The Reformed Christian Church of Trenton aforesaid known as the Reformed Christian Church Meetinghouse, met at said building and place of worship, for the purpose of reincorporating said corporation and incorporating themselves as a religion society under the act of the Legislation of the State of New York and the acts thereof amendatory and supplemental thereto, and in pursuance of of a notice duly given to said congregation church and religious society in the time of morning service, To Wit:  on Sunday, Nov. 25 th. 1883 and on Sunday, Dec.2 nd 1883 of which the following notice is a copy, To Wit:  
          Whereas: on or about June 21 st, 1804  The United Protestant Religious Society of Trenton, of the Village of Trenton, Oneida Co. N.Y. was duly incorporated under the laws of the State of N. Y. and as such owned occupied and was in possession of the certain lands buildings and appurtenances and personal property situate in the village of Trenton aforesaid now occupied by the congregation church and society of which Rev. Wm. Silsbee is Minister and Pastor and known as the “Reformed Christian Church and which said incorporation by means of neglect to exercise any of the powers necessary for its preservation has become dissolved and whereas, the Congregation Church and Religion Society which was connected with said incorporation known as the United Protestant Religious Society of Trenton aforesaid has for a number of years past occupied owned and been in possession of the lands buildings appurtenances and personal property aforesaid and also other lands and

personal property to a large amount--, and which last mentioned Congregation  Church and Religious Society has been known as the Reformed Christian

Church of Trenton aforesaid, but no record of its incorporation as required by law has been found,
          Now, in order to preserve and perpetuate the rights and property of said Congregation Church and religious Society of said incorporation and of said The Reformed Christian Church and duly reincorporate said corporation in the mode required by the laws of the State of New York entitled and act ? to provide for the incorporation of religion societies and the amendment  and supplemental acts thereto pertaining , the following notice is hereby given. Notice is hereby given that on the 18 th day of Dec. 1883 at 2 ½ o’clock in the afternoon at the Reformed Christian Church Meeting House in the Village of Trenton Oneida Co. N.Y.  a meeting will be held to elect not less than three nor exceeding nine discreet persons of this Church, Society or Congregation, as Trustees to take charge of the estate.
And property belonging thereto and transact all affairs relative to the temporalities thereof and to take the necessary steps to duly incorporate the said Church, Society or Congregation and to reincorporate the United Protestant Religion Society of Trenton and to choose the name or title by which it shall thereafter be called and known.  That at such election every person of full age who has statedly worshipped with such Society or Congregation and has been formerly considered as belonging thereto shall be entitled to vote.
                                                    Signed—Wm. Silsbee
Dated---Trenton, N. Y. Nov. 25 th 1883

And we do further certify that on said 18 th day of Dec. 1883 at the building aforesaid the said persons did then and there elect by plurality of voice Dr. Luther Guiteau , Wm. Powell and Robert Prichard as trustees of the said church corporation  and incorporation and such persons did then and there also determine by the like plurality of voices  that the said trustees and their successors and said corporation The United Protestant Religious Society of Trenton aforesaid shall forever thereafter be called and known by the name or title of The Reformed Christian Church of Trenton, N. Y.  And we do further certify that more than 15 days prior to said meeting or election on the days hereinbefore mentioned, said notice hereinbefore set forth in full, was duly and publicly read by said Silsbee to said
Church Congregation and Society who then and there had the notice thereof and of the purposes for which said meeting or election was to be had and the place where, and time when, said election was to be held and that said notice was publicly and duly given as aforesaid for the two successive Sundays or days on which such Church Congregation or Society statedly met for public worship at the building aforesaid and more than 15 days preceeding said election.
         We futher certify that said Church Congregation and Society  has no
Elders nor Church Wardens, and that we the undersigned are members thereof and were nominated and chosen by the majority of the members present at said meeting or election to preside thereat receive the votes of the Election thereof to be the judges of the qualifications of such Electors to be the officers to return the names of the persons who by the plurality of voices then and there present shall be elected to serve as trustees thereof and this certificate is thereto made in pursuance of the statute in such cases made and provided and for the purpose and with the intention to reincorporate said corporation, The United Protestant Religious Society of Trenton and preserve perpetuate possess, own and protect all property of every name or nature heretofore or hereafter owned occupied possessed by said The United Protestant Religious Society or by said The Reformed Christian Church or by said Congregation, Church and Society, connected with either of them and to vest in the new corporation hereby created all the real and personal property which did belong to such dissolved corporation at the time of its dissolution, to preserve the entity and identity of said corporation  The United Protestant Religious Society of Trenton and change its name to that of the corporation hereby created without affecting any of the rights or property of such dissolved corporation or of the Church, Congregation or Society connected with and succeeding thereto---
         Witness our hands and seals this 20 th day of December 1883  
                                                          H. S. Stanton        L.S.
                                                          Robert Prichard    L.S.

State of New York
                                         S,s, On this 20 th day of December 1883 before me
Oneida Co                                 personally appeared H.S. Stanton and Robert Prichard to me known to be the same persons named and described in and who executed the written and foregoing instrument and duly and severally acknowledged its execution thereof.
                                                     (signed) G. Prichard
                                                      Notary Public Oneida Co. , N. Y.

Recorded Jan. 10 th 1884  on page 331  “of”?  Folio 1 “Religious Association”
                                 County Clerks Office
                                     Utica, N. Y.

The United Protestant Religious Society of Trenton, N. Y.
was incorporated Oct. 22, 1803  
(meetings held in the schoolhouse Village of Oldenbarneveld)
Recorded  June 21 st 1804
Folio 1  page 13 Book of Religious Association
Oneida County Clerks Office , Oneida Co. Utica, N. Y.                                                    
    ,    


Note on last sheet:
“Mr. Graves,
      Hope you can read this, Had to do it in great hurry. I can find absolutely nothing about the Historical Society . It may be on file but it will take a better man than I to find it if it is.  I went through miscellaneous papers as well as corporation.
                                                                    C.A. N. (or ?)”

Mortgage Trustees of Unitarian Church to Cuneira E. Vanderkemp 1866

Mortgage Trustees of Unitarian Church to Cuneira E. Vanderkemp 1866

Document (s) from the Unitarian Church of Barneveld

Mortgage---
Trustees of the Unitarian Church
To
Cuneira E. Vanderkemp

Recorded in the Clerk’s Office of the County of Oneida the 19 th day of Nov 1866 at ___hours and 15 minutes PM. In Book No. 158 of Mortgages, on page 266 .
James B. Paddon—Clerk

This Indenture, Made this Eighth day of June one thousand eight hundred and sixty six
Between T. James Douglas Henry Miller Michael Moore
Trustees of the Unitarian Church of the town of Trenton in the County of Oneida and State of New York of the first part and Cuneira E. Vanderkemp of the Town County and State aforesaid of the second part,
Witnesseth, That the said parties of the first part, in consideration of the sum of Four hundred ………………Dollars,
To them duly paid, hath granted, bargained, sold and conveyed, and by these presents doth grant, bargain, sell and convey to the said party of the second part, her heirs and assigns, forever, ALL that certain piece of land Situate in the Village of Trenton Oneida County, New York
Bounded and described as follows.  Being all that lot Situate in Trenton Village, known and distinguished on a map of said Village, made by Calvin Guiteau by lot one hundred and fifty one ( 151 ) Beginning at the N. side of the bridge leading over the Steuben Creek, and bounded S. by the main road to Norway to the corner of the crossroad which intersects the Black River Road Six Rods, Thence along said Road N. to a stake, six Rods, Thence E. along a fence to Steuben Creek, Thence along the W. Bank of said Creek to the place of beginning Containing Thirty Six ____________ of land Be the same more or less

With the Appurtenances, and all the Estate, Title and Interest of the said parties of the first part therein: To Have and to Hold the same to the said parties of the second part, her heirs and assigns, forever.  Provided, always, and these presents are on this express condition, that if the said
Trustees of the aforesaid Unitarian Church
Their heirs, executors or administrators, shall well and truly pay, or cause to be paid, to the party of the second part, or to her certain attorney, heirs, executors, administrators or assigns, the sum of Four hundred Dollars in one year from the date of this instrument, together with annual interest on all sums remaining unpaid

According to the condition of a certain bond or writing obligatory , bearing even date herewith, executed by the said Parties of the first part to the said party of the second part, which said sums the said parties of the first part
Hereby covenant and agree to pay, then these presents shall cease and be void.  And in case default shall be made in the payment of the principal sum hereby intended to be secured, or in the payment of the interest thereof, or any part of such principal or interest as above provided, then the said party of the second part, her executors, administrators or assigns, are hereby authorized, pursuant to statute, to sell the premises above granted, or so much thereof as will be necessary to satisfy the amount then due, with the costs and expenses allowed by : rendering the overplus, if any there may be, to the said parties of the first part their heirs, executors, administrators or assigns.


In Witness Thereof, The said parties of the first part have hereunto set their hands and seals the day and year first above written.

Sealed and delivered in                          T. “JS?”. Douglas  
The presence of                          (This is written T. James Douglas                 
D. Warren        another paper)
                                                               Henry Miller
                                                               M. Moore (This is written Michael                      
                       Moore on another paper)

State of New York
Oneida County
On this 4 th day of August in the year one thousand eight hundred and sixty six before me, appeared  T. J___ Douglas  Henry Miller and Michael Moore
To me personally known to be the same persons described in, and who executed the foregoing instrument, and acknowledged that they executed the same.
                                                                                        Daniel Warren
                                                                                         Justice of the Peace

At the bottom of the document is the following form left blank; I include it here for the last part which deals with the wife in such legal instruments:

State of New York,
_________County,
                  On this ____________________day of __________________in the
Year one thousand eight hundred and___________before me, appeared




To me personally known to be the same persons described in and who executed the foregoing instrument, who severally acknowledged that they executed the same ; and the said



On a private examination by me, apart from her said husband, acknowledged that she executed the same freely, and without any fear or compulsion of her said husband.


Nicholson letter to provide bathroom for Parsonage - 1907

Nicholson letter to provide bathroom for Parsonage 1907

Document (s) from the Unitarian Church of Barneveld

Nicholson letter regarding giving of a bathroom to the Parsonage
Photo copy of  handwritten letter on 5 ¼ X 6 ½ paper and envelope onto legal size paper

Page 1                                   Wa—No—Ka
                                            Barneveld, N.Y.
                                                                                   Oct. 10 th  1907

To the Trustees:
          Reformed Christian Church
                           Barneveld, N.Y.

Gentlemen:
          The writer desires to furnish and fit up a bath room in the Parsonage, connecting the same with water supply, and lay a sewer pipe to the creek, and to give the same, completed, to the Society—
           As to the water supply,  it is intended to tap the pipe crossing the Parsonage lot,  providing experiments

Page 2
Now being made with this system ( which belongs to C A Nicholson and W. S. Wickes ) are satisfactory, as we have no doubt they will be.
            If however this shall not be found practicable, we shall be pleased to suggest a plan for using the supply now connected with Unity Hall.
            Awaiting your decision we remain

                                                Respectfully yours,
                                             
                                                 C. A. Nicholson
                                                 Ione M. Nicholson


Note from Nadine D. Thomas who typed this copy June 14, 2006
The Nicholson House stood across the street called Wickes Place and to the west from Unity Hall, in a corner of what now appears to be all lawn of Mappa Hall, now owned by Lees Devine.  The Nicholson House was just beyond the driveway to my grandmother’s garage to the west. It burned when I was a child.
See the book “Barneveld Sketches” for more on the Nicholsons.
 

Original charter United Protestant Religious Society - 1803

Original charter United Protestant Religious Society 1803

Original “charter” of the United Protestant Religious Society of Trenton

Written October 22, 1803
Recorded June 21, 1804

Religious Book page 13 -----as of April 2010 stored on the fifth floor of the Oneida County Court House

This is to certify that a meeting of a number of the Inhabitants of the Town of Trenton at the School House in the Village of Oldenbarneveld in the County of Oneida on the twenty second day of October in the year of our Lord one thousand Eight hundred and three for the purpose of Incorporating themselves into a religious society agreeably to an act of the Legislature of the State of New York entitled an act to provide for the Incorporation of Religious societies passed the 27 th  March 1801. Resolved that this Society be known and distinguished by the name and style of the United Protestant Religious Society of Trenton, voted unanimously that F. A. VanderKemp and Jacob Hochstrasser hold the election for Trustees to the Society and be the returning officers, voted that Jacob Hochstrasser, Lucas Younglove and Lemuel Barrows be the Trustees of the said Society given under our hands and seals this 22 October 1803.

                                                                            Fr adr VanderKemp      LS
                                                                            Jacob Hochstrasser       LS

The next page makes note of the official recording of the document.

State of New York ss
                                    On the sixteenth day of June in the year 1804 before me appeared Fr adr VanderKemp and Jacob Hochstrasser with whom I am well acquainted who acknowledged that they Executed this instrument of writing. I therefore allow the same to be recorded.
                                     Arthur Breese Master in Chancery
Recorded the twenty first day of June 1804.
                                                          Francis A. Bloodgood

Reincorporating- Directions for organizing meeting, etc - 1883

Reincorporating- Directions for organizing meeting, etc 1883

Document (s) from the Unitarian Church of Barneveld

Directions for conducting meeting to reincorporate

“Directions
Read these from No. 7 down—
Wouldn’t Mr. Silsbee keep the records as Clerk?”

Page 1
                                            Directions
l. Notice to be publicly given, for two successive Sabbaths, at least fifteen days before election—( i.e. Read the Notice enclosed after inserting the day, month, year and hour to the congregation—
Sign the Notice “Wm. Silsbee”—and date it—

The Meeting better be subsequent to Dec 18 th.—At the meeting read Resolution No. 1--- after the officers take their seats read Resolution No. 2

2. At the Meeting 2 of the Elders, or church wardens, and if no such officers Then 2, of members of congregation nominated by the majority of members present, shall preside, receive the votes, by the judges of the qualification of voters, count the votes and return the names of Trustees elected—Must be at least 3 and not more than 9, Trustees elected

3. Voters are all persons of full age (21 years) who have statedly worshipped with congregation and have formerly been considered as belonging thereto

page 2

4.The name or title of the corporation is chosen by the meeting
I suggest that the name be as formerly viz:
“The Reformed Christian Church”
This will help in the retaining of the property probably, and may avoid re-writing some wills, bequests and etc.

5. After the election the presiding officers sign and acknowledge the papers enclosed marked “Incorporation” and  after filling in the blanks

6.Record this paper (No. 5) in Co Clerks Office—which “com-------“ the matter

____________________________  “ _____________________________

Trustees first elected, must divide by lot into 3 classes numbered 1,2,

Page 3
3 and the seats of the members of
1 st class expire in 1 year
2 d      “        “       “ 2     “
3 d      “        “       “ 3     “
The majority of Trustees are empowered to act, call meetings of Trustees, etc
At least 1 month before expiration of Trustees office, the trustees notify Minister in writing of the names of trustee whose term expires and the Minister gives public notice of the election which election must be at least 6 days before vacancy happens—
Elections are presided over by 2 Members nominated by the Meeting as before---
Voters  (after the first election) must have been stated attendants on worship at least one year before election and have contributed to its support according to your usage and custom—
Treasurer and Clerk and Collector must be chosen by Trustees—Of course,

Page 4
One person can act for Treasurer, Clerk and Collector

Clerk keeps a book, enters all rules orders of Trustees and payment ---registers names of all persons as shall desire to become stated ___________in the church , time when request made, attend all elections to test qualifications of voters if questioned

Trustees must have a Seal, have control and charge of all property, make rules and orders for managing temporal affairs dispose of moneys and etc—repair buildings and etc
And every 3 years present a _____________inventory of church property to the Supreme Court and the annual income thereof , and file the same in Co. Clerks office

At end of page 4 this notation, which must have been the first sheet of the original document:

“Directions
Read these from No. 7 down—
Wouldn’t Mr. Silsbee keep the records as Clerk?”

Resolution to reincorporate #1--names Stanton & Prichard to preside - 1883

Resolution to reincorporate #1--names Stanton & Prichard to preside 1883

Document (s) from the Unitarian Church of Barneveld

Reincorporation of the “United Protestant Religious Society”

Resolution No. l
Page 1
“Resolution No. 1
Enter in the church records
G. C. Mo_______ ( no doubt, Morehouse )

Page 2
Resolution
Whereas, on or about June 21 st. 1804, The “United Protestant Religious Society of Trenton” of the village of Trenton Oneida Co. N..Y. was duly incorporated under the laws of the State of New York and as such owned occupied and was in possession, of the certain lands, buildings, appurtenances and personal property situated ink the village of Trenton now occupied by this congregation of which Rev. Wm. Silsbee is Minister and Pastor and is Known as the Reformed Christian Church---and
Whereas said corporation by means of neglect to exercise any of the powers necessary for its preservation has perhaps become dissolved and whereas this congregation has, for years past been connected with said corporation, owned, occupied and been in possession  of the lands, buildings appurtenances and personal property formerly owned and possessed by said corporation and has succeeded to its rights and property and acquired other property real and personal as The Reformed Christian Church of which no articles of incorporation have been found on the record of the clerks office  of Oneida County, now in order to preserve perpetuate and protect our rights property and estate in and to
all the property hereinbefore mentioned as well as the rights property and estate of said corporation

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and said Reformed Christian Church and for the purpose and with the intention to re-incorporate said corporation The United Protestant Religious Society of Trenton, and to preserve, perpetuate possess, own and protect all property of every name or nature heretofore or hereafter owned, occupied or possessed by said corporation ______________Reformed Christian Church or by this congregation, without affecting any of said rights and property, to preserve the ______________and identity of said corporation and to vest the said rights and property in a new corporation, now be it

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Resolved, that this congregation and society herby take the necessary steps to duly re-incorporate said corporation The United Protestant Religious Society of Trenton and to incorporate ourselves,
Resolved, that Henry S. Stanton and Robert Prichard
Two members of this congregation preside at this meeting, receive the votes of the electors, by the judges of the qualifications of such electors and the officers to return the names of the persons, who by plurality of voices shall be elected to serve as trustees

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For this congregation, when incorporated.
Resolved, that Wm. Silsbee be secretary of this meeting.

Resolution to reincorporate--Notice--signed by Silsbee - 1883

Resolution to reincorporate--Notice--signed by Silsbee 1883

Document (s) from the Unitarian Church of Barneveld
Resolution to Reincorporate –original signed by Silsbee

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“Notice
enter in church records
G .C.M.” ( I trust this is the George C. Morehouse, an attorney, who wrote to Rev. Silsbee regarding recording his marriage.---see that letter.)

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Whereas in or about June 21 st 1804 The “United Protestant Religious Society of Trenton” of the village of Trenton, Oneida County N.Y. was duly incorporated under the laws of the State of New York and as such owned, occupied and was in possession of the certain lands, buildings and appurtenances and personal property situated in the village of Trenton aforesaid now occupied by the congregation, church and Society of which Rev. William Silsbee is Minister and pastor and Known as The Reformed Christian Church and which said Incorporation by means of neglect to exercise any of the powers necessary for its preservation has become dissolved and
Whereas The Congregation , church and Religious Society which was connected with said Incorporation Known as The United Protestant Religious Society of Trenton aforesaid, has for a number of years past occupied, owned and been in possession of the lands, buildings, appurtenances and personal property to a large amount and which last mentioned congregation church and Religiouys Society has been known as “The Reformed Christian Church” of Trenton aforesaid, but no record uf its Incorporation as required by law, has been found, now in order to preserve and perpetuate the rights and property of said congregation, church (and) Religious Society, of said Incorporation and of said “The Reformed Christian Church” and duly re-incorporate said Corporation in the mode required by the laws of the State of New York entitled “An act to provde for the incorporation of religious Societies” and the amendments and Supplemental Acts thereto pertaining, the following notice is hereby given :

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Notice is hereby given that on the 18 th day of December---1883 at 2 ½  o’clock in the after noon at the Reformed Christian Church meeting house in the village of Trenton Oneida County N.Y. a meeting will be held to elect not less than three nor exceeding nine discreet persons of this church Society or congregation, as Trustees, to take the charge of the estate and property belonging thereto and to transact all affairs relative to the temporalities  thereof and to take the necessary steps to duly incorporate the said church society or congregation, and to choose the name or title ( to reincorporate “The United Protestant Religious Society of Trenton” ) by which it shall thereafter be called and known---
That at such election every person of full age,who has statedly worshipped with such society, congregation and has been formerly considered as belonging thereto, shall be entitled to vote.

                          ( signed ) William Silsbee
                                           Minister

Dated Trenton, N.Y.
Nov. 25 th 1883

Rev. Charles G. Girelius  Installed in Barneveld April 27, 1942

Rev. Charles G. Girelius Installed in Barneveld April 27, 1942

    New Minister Installed in Barneveld               

                                                      April 27, 1942


Barneveld—The Rev. Charles G. Girelius    was installed as minister of the Unitarian Church.   

The program included: Organ prelude,  Mrs. Daniel Miller; hymn, invocation and Scripture reading,  the Rev. S. D.  Butler, Poland.

Solo, “God Grant Us Faith”,  Daniel Miller,  words by Mr. Girelius; sermon,  the Rev. Dan Huntington Fenn, director of the department of the ministry of the American Unitarian Association of Boston; act of installation, Dr. E. F. Horr  and the congregation;  prayer, Dr. Fenn; hymn, “Send Down Thy Truth, Oh God”.


                                             Rev. Butler Gives Charge


Charge to the minister and congregation, the Rev. S. D.  Butler; greetings from Methodist Church, the Rev. I

E. O. Webster; greetings from St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church,  William D. Carr; hymn, “One Holy Church of God Appears”; organ,  Mrs. Daniel Miller.

A reception followed at Unity Hall.  In the receiving line were  the Rev. and Mrs. C. G. Girelius,  the Rev. and Mrs. D. H. Fenn,  the “Rev. and Mrs. E. O. Webster,  the Rev. S. D. Butler,  Mr. and Mrs. William D. Carr.

Refreshments were served with Mrs. Martin Chrestien as chairman.  Mrs. Carrie Snyder and Mrs. David Ames poured.

                         

                                           Decorated with Flowers


The church and hall were decorated with cut flowers.

These persons served on the reception committee:  Dr. and Mrs. E. F. Horr,  Mr. and Mrs. Frank McIntosh,  Dr. and Mrs. L. G. Moore,  Miss Josephine M. Skinner and  Mrs. Jennie H. McIntosh.

Rev. Edwin Fairley's obituary Utica Observer Dispatch - May 16 1941

Rev. Edwin Fairley's obituary Utica Observer Dispatch May 16 1941

Utica Observer Dispatch       May 16, 1941


                              Death Claims Clergyman at Barneveld


Barneveld---The Rev. Edwin Fairley, 77, minister of the Unitarian Church and an educator of national prominence, died in his sleep about 6 a.m. Friday in his home here.

He became ill Thursday night and a physician was called.  He rallied and the crisis was believed to have passed.  Death was caused by heart disease.


                                                Amherst Graduate

Mr. Fairley was born in Cambridgeshire,  England, a son of the Rev. Samuel and Caroline Cole Fairley.  He came to the United States at the age of 2, settling in Falmouth, Mass.  He received his A.B. from Amherst in 1886 and was graduated from Union Theological Seminary in 1892.  He took graduate work in English at Columbia University from 1904 to 1906.

Mr. Fairley taught Latin in Holbrook’s School, Ossining from 1886 to 1889.  He was ordained in 1892 in Roseland, N.J.

Mr. Fairley came to Barneveld in 1936. He was president of the Mohawk Valley Conference of Unitarian Churches in 1939; a member of the College Conference on Uniform Entrance Requirements ini English from 1918 to 1920; lecturer for the New York Board of Education from 1904 to 1917 ; extension lecturer in English at Columbia in 1909-10; president of the English Teachers Association of New York High Schools in 1911-13;president of the State Association of English Teachers from 1910—13; a member of the Amherst Alumni Council from 1926—1931; a member of the Religious Education Association;  a former vice president of the National Council of Teachers of English, an editor classics;  a joint author with Clarence H. Wilson of “Talks to Young People on Ethics”; corresponding editor of the English Journal from 1912 to 1922;  American correspondent for the London Inquirer from 1932 to 1940, and associate editor of the Beacon Units in Religious Education in 1934.

                                                         Active Locally

Mr. Fairley also was active locally.  He was a member of the Laymen’s League and Unity Club and the Holland Patent PTA.  

He married Phebe Parsils Hall on June 30, 1896.  She died July 2, 1899.  He married Jessie Waldo Stebbins, a graduate of Mt. Holyoke College, on Jan. 16, 1901.  

Surviving are his wife, two sons, Arthur D. Fairley, principal of the high school in South Brooksville, Me.,, and William Edwin Fairley, principal of the high school in Addison, Me.; two daughter, Mrs. E. M. Collins, Kent, Ohio, and Mrs. Alexander Traub Jr., Yonkers, and two brothers, the Rev. James A. Fairley, Westport, Conn., and Samuel C. Fairley, Canadaigua.

The funeral will be conducted from the church at 2 p. m. tomorrow by the Rev. Stanrd Dow Butler, Town of Russia, formerly of Utica.  He will be assisted by the Rev. Robert Killiam, Utica.  Burial will be in Falmouth. (handwritten note at bottom reads, “cremated Waterville”)



Trenton's Village Bell - 1905

Trenton's Village Bell 1905

Trenton’s Village Bell



This clipping was sent from Betty Breed (Mrs. V.) Carbonaro, 18 Old Farm Road, Roslyn Heights, N.Y. 11577 to Connie Christiana August 17, 1998.
Mrs. Carbonaro wrote in her note the she found the clipping in her grandmother’s old trunk. She also wrote that she had sent a “ton” of things pertaining to Barneveld to the Historical Society.”

It is from the Utica Press, dated March 17, 1905: (date is penciled at top; could be 1903)

Trenton’s Village Bell

It is located in Unitarian Church Steeple---A Bit of History


Trenton, March 16---Last Tuesday evening following the corporation election, the bells on the M. E. Church and Unitarian Church, as well as the one on the school building, were rung.  Much comment has been made concerning the one on the Unitarian Church, consequently a bit of history connected with the identical same old bell will be of interest to many Trenton people; The surmise that the bell in the Unitarian Church steeple is village property and as such is under the control of village officers, is correct.  The bell subscription paper, dated October 1840, with 110 subscribers to the bell fund is extant.  The amount subscribed was $328.97.  Everything about the paper is very formal and exact. The bell was to weigh not less than 700 pounds.  At a meeting of the village trustees November 10,1840, a committee representing the purchasers of a bell for the village, appeared before said trustees and placed the bell under the control and management of said village trustees and their successors in office forever.  The village trustees voted that the bell purchased by the inhabitants of the village and its vicinity be and is hereby ordered to be hung (with the consent of trustees of the Presbyterian Church) in the steeple of the Presbyterian meeting house.  A formal contract was entered into by the village trustees and the trustees of the Presbyterian Church on December 1,1840. The one gave to the other free and uninterrupted access to said bell and the right to remove it, stipulating that all damages to the meeting house caused by said removal must be paid by the village trustees.  While granting the management and control of the bell to the village trustees the  subscribers retained supreme ownership and management in case said village charter for any cause became void. In that case six subscribers of one dollar could call a meeting. One subscriber of one dollar shall have one vote, and an additional vote for every dollar subscribed and paid.  Along the years the village trustees have paid for bell ringing and bell repairs, and when, during 1876-7, preparations were being made to sell the old Presbyterian Church, the village trustees removed their property, the bell, to the steeple of the Unitarian Church. The bell is village property, under control of the village trustees, to ring or remove at pleasure.

Unity Hall property receipt - 1896

Unity Hall property receipt 1896

$600

          Received at Irvington, N. Y. Apr. 1rst 1896  L. G. Wauful –Treasurer’s check—on the Bank of Holland Patent—dated 30th ultimo—for six hundred dollars----This sum together with one hundred dollars—received on Jan 1rst last from said L.G. Wauful—Treas—is in full payment for a frame barn and site situated on Van Der Kemp Street—nearly opposite the guiteau homestead—in the village of Trenton, Oneida Co,  N.Y.---And I herely agree that when the limits of said site can be defined a deed of said property will be given to the Reformed Christian Church of Trenton, in said county and state –or to any person and persons designated by said society to receive the same.

The word “dictated” appears near the left margin.  The signature , “FWGuiteau” is nearly illegible.
The signature on the original was the same. Nancy’s was very clear.

Unity Hall Quit Claim Deed 1896

Unity Hall Quit Claim Deed 1896

Unity Hall Quit--Claim Deed                                                           page 1

Fredrick W. Guiteau and Nancy G. (Guiteau, his sister ) Howe
To
The Reformed Christian Church of Trenton
Dated    July 17, 1896
Recorded     July 23, 1896  at 9 AM          book  #519          page #318

This Indenture, Made this Seventeenth day of July in the year of Our Lord one thousand eight hundred and Ninety Six (1896) Between Fredrick W. Guiteau and his sister, Nancy G. Howe of Irvington-on-the-Hudson, Westchester County, New York, parties of the first part, and The Reformed Christian Church of Trenton, Oneida County, New York, party of the second part.
Witnesseth, that the said parties of the first part, in consideration of the sum of Seven Hundred Dollars, to them in hand paid by the said party of the second part, the receipt whereof if hereby confessed and acknowledged, ha__ bargained, sold, remised and quit-claimed, and by these presents, do bargain, sell, remise and quit-claim unto the said party of the second part and to its assigns forever, ALL That certain piece or parcel of land situated in the village of Trenton, town of Trenton, County of Oneida and State of New York being a portion of lot conveyed by warranty deed Sept. 29, AD, 1858 by C. E. Vanderkemp, being a portion of lot No. 1 of the village of Trenton as surveyed by Calvin Guiteau in the years 1795 and 1798 and bounded and described as follows: Beginning in the middle of Vanderkemp Street of the village of Trenton, Oneida Co, NY, running  S. 73    W. (45 ½ ft.) Forty five and one half feet along a southerly line of the Jonah Howe Park, thence  S. 13 ¾     E. (112 ft.) one hundred twelve ft along an easterly side of said park to a stone monument at the corner of this described lot and said park and lands owned by Charles A. Nicholson and O. B. Richards, thence N.  70 ¼     E. (76 ½ ) Seventy Six and one half ft. along the northerly side of said Richards land to the middle of said Vanderkemp Street, thence N. 28    W. (117 ½)  one hundred seventeen and one half ft, through the middle of said Vanderkemp Street, be the same more or less.


Unity Hall Quit –Claim Deed                                                                Page 2

Together with all and singular the hereditaments and appurtenances thereto belonging or in any wise appertaining, and the reversion and reversions, remainder and remainders, rents, issues and profits thereof, and all the estate, right, title, interest, claim and demand whatsoever, or the said parties of the first part,either in law or equity, of, in and to the above bargained premises, with the said hereditaments and appurtenances, To Have and to Hold the said Parties of the First Part to the said party of the second part, its heirs and assigns, to the sole and only proper benefit and behoof of the said partyof the second part, its heirs and assigns forever.
In Witness Thereof, The parties of the first part have set their hands and seals the day and year first above written.
Sealed and Delivered in the Presence of
Lester G. Wauful                                                            Fredrick W. Guiteau       LS
                                                                                         Nancy G. Howe                LS


State of New York       ss
County of Oneida
                                                            On this Seventeenth day of July in the year one thousand eight hundred and ninety six before me, the subscriber, personally came Fredrick W. Guiteau and Nancy G. Howe to me known to be the persons described in and who executed the within instrument, and they severally acknowledged that they executed the same.

                                               Lester G. Wauful Notary Public in Oneida County
Rec’d (recorded)  July 23, 1896  at 9 AM

                                                                                              Frank          Dep       Clerk

Unity Hall Warranty Deed 1858

Unity Hall Warranty Deed 1858

Unity Hall Warranty Deed                                                          page 1
           
C. E. VanderKemp
To
Luther Guiteau
Dated September 30, 1858  
Recorded October 9, 1858 at 10 AM        book # 211      page # 195

This Indenture, made the Twenty Ninth day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty Eight Between C. E. VanderKemp, of the town of Trenton, County of Oneida and State of New York, of the first part and Luther Guiteau, of the Town, County and State aforesaid, of the second part, Witnesseth, That the said party of the first part, for and in consideration of the sum of One Hundred Dollars, to her, in hand paid by the said party of the second part, the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged, has granted, bargained, sold, remised, released, aliened and confirmed; and by these presents doth grant, bargain, sell, remise, release, alien and confirm unto the said party of the second part in his actual possession now being and to his heirs and assigns forever, All that certain piece or parcel of land, known as part of Lot N(number) 1 in the village of Trenton, County of Oneida and State of New York, as Surveyed by Calvin Guiteau in the years 1795 and 1798 and is bounded as follows. Beginning at a point where the Mappa Lot and now occupied by L. F. Billings, and the VanderKemp Lot unite on J. Billings Lot and running thence South 13 ¾    East, one hundred twenty five feet, on the West bounds of the Lands herein described, and running thence North 70 ¼    East Seventy Six and a half feet to the center of the Road leading from the Guiteau Lot to J. Wicks ‘ Lot thence North 28    West along the center of said Road One hundred twenty five feet to the South lines of J. Billings Lot, thence South 73    West forty five and half feet to the place of Beginning containing eighteen one hundredths (18/100) of an acre of land be the same more or less, as Surveyed by Henry Broadwell September 29, 1858.
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Together with all and singular the Hereditaments and Appurtenances thereunto belonging, or in anywise appertaining; and the reversion and reversions, remainder and remainders, rents, issues, and profits thereof; and all the estate, right, title, interest, claim and demand whatsoever, of the said party of the first part, either in law or equity, of , in, and to the above bargained premises, with the Hereditaments and Appurtenances.  To Have and to Hold the said premises above described and intended to be conveyed, to the said party of the second part, his Heirs and Assigns, to the sole and only proper use, benefit and behoof of the said party of the second part, his Heirs and Assigns forever.
            And the said C. E. VanderKemp, of the town, County, and State aforesaid, of the first part for her heirs, executors and administrators, doth covenant, grant, bargain, promise, and agree, to and with the said party of the second part, his Heirs, and assigns the above bargained premises and every part and parcel thereof, in the quiet and peaceable possession of the said party of the second part, his heirs and assigns, against all and every person or persons, lawfully claiming or to claim the whole or any part of the said Premises will forever Warrant and Defend.
             In Witness Whereof, the said party of the first part have hereunto set her hand and seal the day and year first above written.


Signed , sealed and delivered in the

Presence of:

G. Prichard                            C. E. VanderKemp





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State of New York      ss
Oneida County
                                                On this Thirtieth day of September in the year one thousand eight hundred and fifty Eight before me, the subscriber, appeared
C.E. VanderKemp
To me personally known to be the same person described in, and who executed the within instrument and acknowledged that she executed the same.
                               G. Prichard
                                          Justice of the Peace


I include this bottom section because it is part of the document. It is not filled out, because C. E. VanderKemp was not married (ever). It is an interesting look into the times.

State of New York      ss
            County
                                                   On this ________________day of _________in the
_____________________________________________________________________                                                                                                                                   
_____________________________________________________________________
To me personally known to be the same persons described in and who executed the within instrument who severally acknowledged that they had executed the same; and the said __________________________________________________

On a private examination by me, apart from her said husband, acknowledged that she executed the same freely, and without fear or compulsion of her said husband.