The History of Otsego County, New York


D. Hamilton Hurd

Published by Everts & Fariss, Philadelphia

Church Histories



Decatur church. The first church organized in this town was a UNION church, with the following members: Timothy PARKER, Biger WRIGHT, Stiles PARKER, Jesse DAVIS, Martha HOWE, James PARKER, Martha DAVIS, Sarah MAPLE, --- PARKER, J. LEWIS, N. LEWIS, Samuel HOWE, P. PARKER, and  Elijah PARKER.
The first church edifice was erected in 1807, at a cost of $500. The pioneer preacher in Decatur was Father  WILLIS. Among other early ministers are mentioned the names of C. CATLIN, Timothy PARKER, Jesse DAVIS, Samuel HOWE. Biger WRIGHT was the first class-leader.
The present and only church edifice in the town is located in the village of Decatur, and was erected in 1839, at a cost of $2000.
The present officers of the church are as follows: John DAILEY, class-leader; L. L. DAVIS, Esq., Henry HOLMES, William H. DAY, Chelsea DAVIS, and James E. SHELLAND,  stewards. The church has a membership of thirty-five, and is under the pastoral care of Rev. John WOOD.

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