The History of Otsego County, New York


D. Hamilton Hurd

Published by Everts & Fariss, Philadelphia

Church Histories



The WELSH CONGREGATIONAL church of Plainfield was organized in 1861. The first pastor was Rev. Hugh R. WILLIAMS. The services of the society were held in an old ball-room until 1869, when the present church edifice at Plainfield Centre was erected and dedicated, the dedicatory services being conducted by Rev. Mr. WILLIAMS. The building is 30 by 40 feet in size, and cost about $3000. The officers of the church were Francis G. GRIFFITHS, Owen JONES, and Wm. C. RICHARDS, and the present officers are Francis G. GRIFFITHS and Wm. C. RICHARDS. The present pastor, Rev. Hugh R. WILLIAMS, has officiated for the church for over nine years. The services are conducted in the Welsh language. Membership, 105.
The FREE-WILL BAPTIST church of Plainfield was organized some time prior to 1800, but the exact date cannot be ascertained. The first pastor was Elder STRAIGHT. Among the first members were Deacons Waitstill CRUMB, Sr., and Waitstill CRUMB, Jr., Thomas FISH, Jacob MOORS, Amasa DODGE, and Deacons Parley PHILIPS and Waitstill FULLER. The first church building was erected soon after the organization of the society, but upon the formation of the town of Winfield, Herkimer county, in 1816, a part of Plainfield was annexed upon which stood the church. In 1832 the present church building was erected in Unadilla Forks.
The present trustees are Parley PHILIPS, Palmer GATES, L. J. WING, Rufus DAGGETT, D. BASSETT, and Collins BURDICK.
The church has a membership of 100.
The BAPTIST church at Unadilla Forks was organized June 5, 1817, by a council of delegates, as follows: From the First Baptist church of Winfield, Jonathan PALMER, Jr.; from Edmeston, Elder Stephen 'TAYLOR, Nathan WRIGHT, Chauncey HOPKINS, Rogert SOUTHERLAND, and Stephen W. TAYLOR; from the Second church of Winfield, Elder Ebenezer VINING, Ethol PALMER, Jonathan JONES, and E. PALMER; from the church in Brookfield, Elders Thos. DYE and Joshua WELLS, Eleazer BROWN, Luther HINKLEY, Nathan BROWN (2d), and Daniel MAIN; from the church in Paris, Daniel BUDLONG, John BUDLONG, James RHODES, and John DAVIS.
The first pastor was Rev. Joshua WELLS.
The first house of worship was erected in about 1830, at a cost of about $1500.
The church is now in a prosperous condition, with a membership of 65.


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