Name Index, 2nd Baptist Church
Postcard of the 1st Baptist Church, built in 1846
From a correlation of individuals named in the minutes and the 1810 and 1820 Federal Census records for Newport Twp, it appears that the church members lived in the western half of the township, generally centering along what is now Strumbock Road between Martins Corner and Brayton Road.
The pages in the original document are not numbered. The numbers I have assigned to these names correspond to sequential pages in the original document. This index was compiled from a Xerox copy of the original notes, provided to me by the Herkimer County Historical Society. From that copy, I translated the document, retaining the original spelling and syntax. Spellings are as I interpreted the handwriting. Other researchers may interpret some names differently. One can surmise that some of the names are simply spelling variations of a similar name. You may contact me at:
ALLEN, Brother Samuel: 5, 27, 61/62, 105, 107
Greg Mason sent us a valuable original Newport resource. We hope some of our visitors can help Greg in his own quest: "I am the great- greatgrandson of James Russell Mason, who migrated to Hillsdale County, Michigan in 1840/41, married, raised a family of 9 children and farmed there until he died in 1872. Circumstantial evidence makes him the son of Allen Mason and grandson of Malaca Mason, both of Newport Twp, Herkimer County, NY. Both of these individuals are cited in the historical notes of the 2d Baptist Church of Newport, which I have translated and indexed. Malaca Mason lived in Herkimer county from about 1792 until 1837 when he moved to Erie County NY, where he died in 1838. His eldest son Allen moved to Herkimer County with his parents, married there in about 1809 and farmed there until 1831/32 when he migrated to Huron County, Ohio. For about 12 years, I have been attempting to prove that James R. is Allen's son. I have proven that Silas Mason of Nottawa, St. Joseph Co., Mich is one of Allen's four sons. Any help or suggestions will be gratefully appreciated." Gregory W. Mason, 10155 Chinkapin Dr., Manassas, VA. 20111, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
3/1/01 Correspondence between Greg and researcher Ginny Deagan, October 4 & 5, 2000, reprinted with their kind permission:
Cranson moved to Cattaraugus County, NY from Herkimer County. I don't imagine there would be anything in the Church minutes that would help me find his parents but it still is great to see anything where he is listed. He was born in Rhode Island. Thanks for providing the index - I am the webmaster for my home county, Escambia Co. FL and I know how much these additions to the sites are appreciated.
Ginny Deagan, Pensacola, FL
Dear Ms. Deagan:
"The 2d Baptist Church at Newport Santify to you Br Malaca Mason that we withdraw our watchcare and fellowship from you as a member of this Church Because you have Not Made No Satisfaction for Selling Br. Williamses Note to Crasesons Harvey in the way and Manner you Did and Not giving a Satisfaction for the Statement that was Made to Conserning Selling a Note to any one that was Seeking to take the advantage of his Br and Not answering the Mind of the Church in accusing a Brothern Rongfully of acting when he Did Not. where in we admanish you to your Duty to Remove these things out of the way ore you Must Be in a State of unfellowship from the church. Signed by order of the Church May 11th 1811 Saml Western, Clerk A true copy"
So apparently, your ancestor and my ancestor had a business dealing in which the community took objection to to the point of threatening excommunication to him. Regrettably, I cannot tell you the final outcome of the story,because the church minutes do not continue with any more concerning this incident. However, I do know that Malaca Mason bequeathed a sum of money to the American Bible Society in his will but left nothing to the 2 Baptist Church in Newport and did not mention them in his will. But then, about 27 years lapsed between the above incident and Malaca's death.
Anyway, hope this is of interest to you. Sincerely, Greg Mason.
[Note from site coordinator: many local folks migrated from Herkimer County to Cattaraugus County as reasonably-priced land opened for settlement in the western part of New York State. A sizeable group had migrated to the Town of Ashford by 1820.]
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