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New York Methodist Conference at White Plains, NY:

The records of the Washington Street and York Street churches are
located at :
The United Methodist City Society
475 Riverside Drive
New York, N.Y. 

Sands Street Methodist Episcopal Church
The pioneer of Methodism here was Thomas Webb, a captain in the British army, who began 
to preach "in his own hired house," near the barracks, in New York, 
as early as 1766. Subsequently be visited Brooklyn, and preached salvation. 

Woolman Hickson, 
His first sermon in Brooklyn was delivered in the open air at Sands street,directly in front 
of the site of the present Methodist Episcopal church.

Mr. Peter Cannon, a cooper, living near the ferry, another early preacher. 

In 1793, the Rev Joseph Totten and George Strebeek was appointed to Long Island,				
alternating a month in Brooklyn and a month in other parts of the Island,				

	On the 19th of May,1794, during the ministry of the Rev. Joseph Totten, the Methodist 
church in the village of Brooklyn, was duly incorporated; and at a meeting held at			
the house of Peter Cannon, an election was held, at which 
John Garrison
Thomas Vaupelt,
Burdet Stryker, 
Stephen Hendrickson, 
Richard Everit 
and Isaac Moser, were chosen as Board of 11 Trustees.

	September  1794, they purchased from J. & C. Sands the grounds 
on New (now Sands) street, upon which the present edifice stands, and				
commenced the erection of a house of worship, the corner-stone of which was				
laid by the Rev. Wm. Phoebus, and subsequently a sermon was delivered upon				
the foundation by Mr. David Buck, from Isaiah, xxxviii, 16. The completed				
edifice was dedicated to the worship of God, Sunday, June 1st, 1794, by the				
Rev. Joseph Totten, who preached on the occasion from Exodus, xx, 24. At				
the annual conference of this year Brooklyn was united with New York, and				
Rev. Messrs. Ezekiel Cooper, Lawrence M. Combs, W. Phoebus, J. Brush and D.				
Kendall were appointed preachers to the station. Brooklyn appears as a				
separate station, for the first time, on the minutes of the conference in				
1795, with twenty-three white and twelve colored members, under the				
ministry of Rev. Joseph Totten. The congregation so increased, that, in				
1804, during the incumbency of Rev. Cyrus Stebbins, it was found necessary				
to enlarge their accommodations by an addition to the size of the church				
edifice. In December of the same year, Mr. Stebbins left the connection and				
joined the Protestant Episcopal Church of England and was settled at				
Schenectady, N. Y. The records of the church also adds in connection with				
the above, that: 11 Little Reuben Hubert left our connection and joined the				
church; he was formerly a Methodist preacher stationed in Brooklyn. Poor				
things ! " In 1806, as appears from the church records, Mr. Samuel Thomas				
was appointed by Bishop Asbury, as supernumerary preacher at Brooklyn, and				
the society promised to supply house rent and $160 per annum for his				
expenses. During the same year, also, it was resolved, 11 that there shall				
be a new set of steps erected at the front door of the church, and seats				
inside the altar, all round from the altar door ; also that of a dark night				
when there is public meeting, the sexton shall light the lamps at the				
church door." Joseph Moser was then sexton, on a salary of L7 currency, or				
$17.50, and grave digger's perquisites, per annum. In 1808, when the church				
committee waited upon Mr. Joshua Sands to pay a bond of $100 due him on the				
land upon which the church was built, he generously returned them the money				
and cancelled the bond; and when, in the following year (1809), through the				
exertions of the Rev. Mr. David Ostrander, money had been subscribed for				
the purpose of building a parsonage, and the committee again waited upon				
Mr. Sands to negotiate for the purchase of a " strip of land on High				
street, against the lots belonging to the Methodist church,"  he surprised				
them with a gift of the desired property. These acts were characteristic of				
Mr. Sands, whose impulses were never limited or restricted by				
denominational prejudices, and, who though himself an Episcopalian, was				
ever ready to respond to the wants of the master's servants.				
	Again the old house of worship was found to be altogether too small			
for the accommodation of the congregation, and it was resolved, September				
10, 1810, to erect a new edifice. Through the exertions of the trustees and				
the indefatigable labors of the then pastor, Rev. William Thatcher, a				
plain, neat church, forty-five by sixty-five feet, and capable of				
accommodating from one thousand two hundred to one thousand five hundred				
persons, was erected on the side of the old building, and was generally				
known to the inhabitants of Brooklyn, at that time, and to many of the old				
residents at the present day as the Old White Church. On the church				
records, for the year 1815, we find an amusing list entitled, 
"What is the duty of a sexton in the Methodist church." Among the articles of this list				
we find the following, viz: 
"3. To have the church open and candles lighted at least a quarter of an hour before 
the time of beginning the meeting, and				
to have them snuffed once before the meeting begins. 
4. To see that the boys make no disturbance. 
6. When lighting the chandelier there must be a piece of board laid on the seats, to step on, 
to prevent rubbing off the paint and dirtying the seats."				
	About 1817, the colored members of the church had so increased in			
numbers as to create the necessity for a separate place of worship. By				
their own exertions, therefore, and the assistance of the members of the				
church generally, they succeeded in erecting a small house of worship, but				
were under the pastoral care of regular stated preachers. But after having				
commenced to worship by themselves, there appeared among them a spirit of				
insubordination to the discipline, and, in 1818, during Mr. Alexander				
McCaine's term at Brooklyn, they all (six excepted), seceded in a body.				
	In 1823, during the residence of the eloquent and lamented Rev.			
Win. Rose, the church and congregation had so increased, that it colonized				
and formed a church now known as the York Street Methodist Church.				
	In the year 1843, and during the Rev. Mr. Vincent's ministry, the			
Old White Church building was demolished, much to the regret of many of the				
older members, by whom its destruction was deemed little less than a				
sacrilege, and upon its site was erected and completed during the following				
year, a new brick edifice, which was destroyed by the great fire of				
September, 1848, together with all the church buildings, viz: the				
lecture-room, classrooms, and parsonage. The walls of the building being				
found, on examination, to be perfectly safe for rebuilding, a building				
committee was appointed, consisting of Messrs. 
David Coope, 
Warren Richmond, 
Nathaniel Bunnell, 
Jacob Brown, and J. J. Studwell, under whose superintence the present edifice was erected. 
It is of brick, sixty feet front and rear, by eighty feet deep, the outside presenting a very			
neat appearance, interior plain, but commodious, and is calculated to hold about one 
thousand two hundred persons, without crowding. In the rear of the church, fronting on High street, 
is a building thirty-three feet front and rear, by sixty deep; the first story of which is 
occupied as a lecture room, and the sabbath school room. The class rooms building forms a second				
floor as a sabbath connecting link between the church and lecture room, and is sixty feet long				
by eighteen deep, and two stories high. The parsonage, a modern threestory				
brick building, attached to the church, is on High Street. 
The remainder of the ground, save a stone walk between the church and the parsonage, is				
occupied by the graves of the good who have, in other days, sung the				
praises of God in this sacred spot. These graves are green and marked only				
by simple headstones, bearing, merely names, dates and modest epitaphs. [5]				
				No of members
YEAR	Namzs of Preacher		White	Colored
1795	Joseph Totten  [6]	23	12	
1796	David Buck	24	15	
1797	Joseph Totten	23	27	
1798	Andrew Nichols	52	29	
1799	Cyrus Stebbins	48	25	
1800	David Buck	34	28	
1801	David Buck	42	29	
1802	Peter Jayne	42	29	
1803	Ezekiel Canfield	42	31	
1804	Cyrus Stebbins	44	30	
1805	E. Cooper	94	42	
1806	E. Cooper; S. Thomas, (died 1812)	154	71	
1807	Elijah Wolsey; J. Wilson	168	85	
1808	Daniel Ostrander, (died 1844)	152	93	
1809	Reuben Hubbard, (withdrew 1809	170	85	
1810	William Thatcher	133	73	
1811	William Thatcher	140	70	
1812	Lewis Pease	179	73	
1813	Lewis Pease	170	69	
1814	Samuel Merwin, (died 1839)	138	60	
1815	Nathan Emory	162	69	
1816	Joseph Crawford	225	80	
1817	Joseph Crawford	189	82	
1818	William Ross	198	122	
1819	Alex. McCaine	202	125	
1820	Alex. McCaine	120	6	
1821	Lewis Pease, died 1843	275	6	
1822	Lewis Pease, died 1843	396	5	
1823	Win. Ross, (died 1826)	470	5	
1824	Win. Ross, (died 1826)	408	6	
1825	T. Burch	417	7	
1826	T. Burch; S. L. Stillman	428	7	
1827	S. Luckey; S. L. Stillman	444	10	
1828	S. Luckey; L. Landon	496	12	
1829	Noah  Levings	554	12	
1830	James Cover, Jr			
1831	John C. Greene			
1832-33	Thomas Birch			
1838-34	Thomas Birch
1835-6-7, Bartholomew Creagh. 
1837--8-9, W. H. Norris. 
1839, Fitch Reed. 
1840-1, P. C. Oakley. 
1842-3, Leonard W. M. Vincent. 
1844-5, H. F. Pease. 
1846-7, Nathan Ban,
1848-9, W. H. Norris. 
1850-51, J. W. B. Wood.				
1852-3, H. J. Fox. 
1854-5, L. S. Weed. 
1856-7, Jno. Miley. 
1859, J. B.	Hagany. 
1860-61, B. H. Nadel. 
1862-3, L. S. Weed. 
1864-6, Charles Fletcher.				
1867, E. G. Andrews. 
1868, H. B. Elkins.				
	Among the early officers of the church we find the following			
officiating as treasurers: 
John Garrison, 1794; 
R. Everit, 1797; 
Thomas Van Pelt, 1798; 
James Harper, 1800; 
Thomas Kirk, 1807; 
Isaac Moser.				
	The church records give the following list of early members at the			
end of the year 1798: trustees, 
Thomas Van Pelt, 
John Garrison, 
Burdet Stryker, 
Isaac Moser; 

class leaders, 
John Garrison, 
Isaac Moser, 
James Degraw. 

Members of the Sociely. Males:
Thomas Van Pelt, 
John Garrison,				
Burdet Stryker, 
Isaac Moser, 
James Degraw, 
Caleb Shreve, 
John Hastings,				
Joseph Moser, 
Jeremiah Smith, 
James Hubert, 
Joseph Webb, 
John Leaneigh,				
Samuel Engle, 
John De Vosuell, 
Joseph Herbert, 
John Haness, 
John Cornelison, 
Win. Foster, 
John Finn, 
John Shnell. 

Members of the Sociely. Females:
Sarah Van Pelt,				
Mary Garrison, 
Mary Powers, 
Margaret Moser, 
Sarah Everitt, 
Rachel Moser,				
Jemima Kissam, 
Idah Moser, 
Deborah Hasting, 
Sarah Hillear, 
Catharine Johnson, 
Sarah Engle, 
Rebecca Lynch, 
Anna Sutliff, 
Mary Denton, 
Caty Herbert, 
Hannah Smith, 
Elizabeth Rote, 
Sarah Cornelison, 
Sally Howzy,				
Leanah Smith, 
Milicent Shreve, 
Anna Day, 
Betsy Dale, 
Lear Conner, 
Elmer Ward, 
Ann Senell, 
Rachel Carman, 
Lamy Acker, 
Elmer Ferguson ;
and twenty-seven blacks, 
thirteen of whom were females,
 under Peter Conger and James Titus, colored exhorters.				
1803. Peter Jayne. 
1304. Ithiel Smead. 
1806. George Smith. 
1808. Win. Foster. 
1808. Andrew Mercein.				
	York Street Methodist Episcopal Church is the child of Sands Street			
Church, whose congregation had so increased that, in 1823, during the				
pastorate of the eloquent William Ross, it was found necessary to erect				
another house of worship. This, a neat, frame building, forty-two by				
fifty-five feet, with a small gallery, was built by Gamaliel King and				
Joseph Moser, at a cost of $5,000, and was dedicated June 6th, 1824, by the				
venerable Bishop George, who was assisted in the remaining services of the				
day by the sainted Summerfield and Rev. John Hannah, a delegate from the				
British conference, thirteen candidates for the ministry being also				
ordained by the bishop on the Same occasion. In 1828, a parsonage was				
erected near the church, and the congregation continued under the watchful				
eye and careful nursing of its devoted parent until it attained its twelfth				
year, 1835, when it was "setoff" and "setup" for itself. Rev. Seymour				
Landon was on the circuit which included York Street, 
in 1828, Rev. Charles Carpenter, 
in 1832-33 and Rev. J. Luckey from '33 to '35. 
The first meeting of the separate board of trustees was held June 4th, 1835, and there 
were present 
Benj. R. Prince, elected president; 
M. Suydam, treasurer;				
Christopher M. Hempstead, 
Joshua Rogers and one more. 
Shortly afterwards, 
Linus K. Henshaw, 
Alvin S. Mulford, and John Benam were added.				
		Rev. Raphael Gilbert was the first minister stationed in		
York street after the separation from its parent church. He remained two				
years, 1835-37, and was succeeded by the following named preachers in				
John L. Gilder, 1837-38, 
E. E. Griswold, 1839-40, 
Seymour Landon,	1841-43, 
John Poinsal,   1843-45, 
Buel Goodsell,  1845-47, 
Phineas Rice,   1847-49, 
W. C. Hoyt,     1849-50, 
Joseph Law,     1851-52, 
John L. Gilder (second term), 1852-54, 
Geo. W. Woodruff, 1854-57, 
C. Kelsey,      1856-7, 
J. E. Searles,  1858-9, 
E. Sands,       1860-1, 
W. H. Boole,    1862-3, 
R. C. Putney,   1864, 
S. Rushmore,    1865-7, 
Charles Backman, 1868 	

In 1835 an alteration was made, enlarging the old building		
about twentyfour feet in its length; and in 1839, during the administration				
of E. E. Griswold, side galleries were added, and the building thoroughly				
		The present large and substantial brick building was		
erected in 1851, during the administration of Rev. Joseph Law, at a cost of				
13,000. The corner-stone was laid by Bishop Janes, and the church was				
dedicated by Dr. Foster, January 23, 1852. At that time the present				
parsonage was built. In April, 1853, the ground on which the present				
commodious school and lecture room building stands were generously given by				
Rutson Suckley and sister, and the brick building was put up. The Sabbath				
School was organized in 1830, by Rev. Charles Carpenter. The first				
superintendent was Father Booth.				
	Washington Street M. E. Church (Washington street, between Concord			
and Tillery streets), was erected' in 1831, at a cost of $15,000, and was				
set off as a separate station in 1835. It was then on the outskirts of the				
city, which has since grown around it until it has become the centre of a				
dense population, and the parent of Several of the most flourishing				
churches in the community. Adam Seabury, who met the first class formed in				
Washington Street, is still leader of that same claw, and the only member				
that survives the original number that composed his little band. The first				
Sabbath school in connection with this church, was organized in 1832, by				
Judge John Dikeman, who was also a teacher in the first Sunday school				
formed in Brooklyn. His first female superintendent was Miss Hannah				
Stryker, both of whom are still spared to gather some of the rich fruit of				
their early labors.				
	Mary Cornwell, Stephen Haynes, and a few others of the original members, 
still linger on the shore of time, but the greater part of them have fallen asleep, and
now	rest from their labors in the hope of a blessed immortality.				
	The following ministers have been regularly stationed in			
Washingtonc street since it became a separate charge in 1835. Revs. Stephen				
Remington 1835-7, J. B. Sratten; Robert Seney, 1837-8 and 1847-48, James				
Floy) D.D., 1841-2, James Sewell, 1842-43, [7] Charles W. Carpenter,				
1845-46, Daniel Curry, D.D., 1849-50, John Crawford, 1851-52, John				
Kenneday, D.D., 1852-54 (two terms), [8] Robert M. Hatfield, 185457,				
Charles Shelling, 1856-7, Jac. Kenneday, 1858-9, M . L. Scudder, 1860, F.				
S. De Hass, 1861-2, W. F. Watkins, 18535, A. S. Hunt, 1866-8) and 1869,				
Rev. C. E. Harris. The church and chapel are valued at $35,000, the				
parsonage (No. 217 Washington street), at $5,500. Membership in 1868, about				
two hundred and ninety.	
	African Wesleyan  Methodist Episcoval Church (colored), in  the			
village of Brooklyn (Regular Line), High street, near Bridge. The				
beginnings of this church have been noted on page 700. On the 18th of				
January, 1818, it was duly incorporated under the above title, with the				
following trustees: Peter Crager, Israel, Jemison, Caesar Sprong) Benjamin				
Cruger, John E. Jackson. Ministry, as far as known : Rev. Stephen Dutton,				
in charge 1823;	Samuel Todd, in charge from.1829 to 1837; Richard Williams			
in 1837-8; Wm. Moore, in 1839-40; John Spencer, 1841-2; Edmund Cosby, in				
1842-3; William Moore, in 1844-45 ; Ely N. Hall, 50-51 ; Israel Paterson, 1854				
The Ebenezer M. E. Church was organized June 18, 1837, at the Wallabout, by				
the formation of a class of eight persons, and preaching was held at a				
school house in that vicinity. In 1841, a church edifice, forty by				
thirty-five feet was erected on Franklin avenue, near Park, at a cost of				
about $2,000, besides $800 for the ground. Ministers: 1853-4, Orlando Starr				
; 1845, Jacob Shaw; 1846, Ezra Withers; 1847-8, D. Osborn; 1849-50, William				
Gothard; 1851-2, Jos. Henson; 1853, Samuel W. King.				
	The Centenary M. E. Church (Johnson, corner of Jay), originated in			
the dissatisfaction of a large portion of the Washington street				
congregation with the appointment of a preacher to that station in 1838				
They remonstrated against the appointment, while the conference was still				
in session, but without effect. The house of worship being under the				
control of the congregation, the people refused to receive the appointed				
preacher, and provided themselves with another. The preacher appointed by				
the bishop, and those who adhered to him withdrew, and maintained service,				
during the current year at Classical Hall. In 1839, a new society was				
organized, and a church erected on Johnson street, corner of Jay, eighty by				
fifty feet, for $8,000, which was finished and occupied in 1840. It				
received its name from the date of its commencement, that year being the				
centenary of Methodism (Prime's L. 1, 393). Ministers: 1840, Benjamin				
Griffen; 1841, Jarvis Z. Nichols; 1842-3, James Young; 1844-5, Jno. M.				
Pease; 1846, J. C. Green ; 1847, B. Griffen ; 1848-9, J. Law; 1850-51, J.				
G. Smith; 1852, Geo. Brown; 1853-4, C. H. Whitecar; 1855-6, J. S. Inskip;				
1857-8, Heman Bangs; 1859, Jos. Law; 1860-61, T. D. Stevenson ; 1862-3,				
Chas. E. Glover; 1864-5-6, William McAllister; 1867, J. E. Searles.				
		Mount Zion African Protestant Methodist Church. Prime gives		
the following account of this organization In the early part of 1842, the				
Rev. William Harden, a blind colored preacher, commenced preaching in				
Brooklyn. His hearers assembled temporarily, in a room provided in a				
rope-walk, in Nassau street near Jackson. The rope-walk being burned down,				
they assembled for a time in private houses. A church of fifteen members				
was organized June 18, 1842. It was incorporated under the above name June				
4, 1844, and they procured a small building in Navy street, near Sands," in				
which they worshiped under Mr. Harden, as a stated supply. He died in the				
autumn of 1847, and shortly after, May, 1848, the church became broken up,				
its membership mostly uniting with the African M. E. church in High street.				
		South Brooklyn (at Gowanus, Eighteenth street), was		
commenced about 1842, in which year a small church church edifice,				
twenty-five by thirty-five feet, costing $700, was erected. The				
incorporation was effected February 4, 1844, under the style, Sixth M. E.				
Church of Brooklyn, and the charge included service of New Utrecht.				
Ministry: 1846, Henry Hatfield; 1847-8, E. S. Hebard; 1849, H. D. Latham;				
1850, H. D. Latham; 1851-2, Geo. Taylor; 1853-5, Wm. B. Hoyt; 1856-7, M. N.				
Olmstead; 1858-9, Joseph Henson; 1860-1, S. W. King; 1862-3, Stephen				
Rushmore; 1864-5, A. Nash; 1866-8, A. Hubbell; 1869, Calvin B. Ford.				
	Carlton Avenue M. E. Church. This congregation was organized as the			
Eighth M. E. Church with eight members in the month of September, 1844,				
under the pastoral charge of Rev. Paul Goodsell. During the following				
summer a small building was erected on Carlton, near Myrtle avenue for this				
society, whose certificate of incorporation had been recorded on the 24th				
of February, 1845. In 1851, the membership had increased to one hundred and				
twenty-eight, and was constantly receiving new accessions, and on the 24th				
of September of that year the corner-stone of a new church edifice was laid				
by the Rev. Dr. Kennedy. This building, which was located on the original				
site, was constructed mostly of materials from the old York Street M. E.				
Church, of wood, with brick basement, forty-two by ninety-seven feet,				
costing about $5,000, and was then under the pastoral charge of the Rev.				
Nicholas White. Ministers: 1849, R. Seney; 1852-3, S. A. Seaman; 1854-5, J.				
H. Perry; 1855-6, J. W. B. Wood; 1857-8, Geo. A. Hubbell; 1859, Chas. E.				
Harris; 1860, C. Kelsey; 1861-2, J. A. Roche; 1863-5, Francis C. Hill;				
1866-7-8, G. L. Taylor.				
	The Pacific Street M. E. Church is built in the romanesque style of			
brown stone, and is the most costly and attractive of the churches of this				
denomination in the city. On Tuesday evening, October the 1st, 1844, a few				
persons belonging to the denomination met at the house of Aaron B. Marvin,				
corner of Court and Livingston streets, to deliberate as to the purchase of				
the property formerly occupied by the South Presbyterian church, on Pacific				
street, between Court and Clinton, as a place of worship for the Methodists				
in South Brooklyn. A committee was appointed which lost no time in				
effecting the proposed purchase for the sum of $6,500. The Rev. George				
Peck, D.D., then editor of the Quarterly Review, having been appointed to				
take charge of the movement, preached the first sermon on Sunday, October				
13, 1844. On the Sunday following, October 20, the church was formally				
organized under its present charter, as the fifth separate Methodiststation				
in the city of Brooklyn, forty persons connecting themselves by certificate				
with the new society. [9] It is a singular circumstance that notone of the				
original official members is now in connection with this church. Most of				
them have 11 fallen asleep," and others have removed to other places or				
churches. The society continued to worship in this place till the 18th of				
May, 1851, when they removed to their present beautiful edifice, on the				
corner of Clinton and Pacific streets. The corner-stone of the present				
church was laid by their pastor, the Rev. J. Kennedy, D.D., assisted by the				
Rev. Waters Burrows, of the New Jersey conference, on the 13th of June,				
1850. The following ministers have been regularly stationed in Pacific				
street since the church was organized : Rev. George Peck, D.D.; Luther				
Peck, 1845; A. M. Osbon, D.D., 1846-7; W. K. Stopford, deceased, 1848-9;				
John Kennedy, D.D., deceased, 1856-7 ; John Miley, D.D., 1853; R. S.				
Foster, D.D., 1854 - W. H. Milburn, 1859-60; J. H. Perry, D.D., deceased,				
1.861 ; M. R. Vincent, and F. S. De Hass, 1864-5. The present pastor, Dr.				
Sewell, 1866-7-8. His place is being most acceptably filled by the				
historian of Methodism, the Rev. Abel Stevens, LL.D.				
		The (True) Wesleyan Methodist Church was organized in		
April, - 1845, and consisted of thirty members. It is in connection with				
the organization formed at Utica, May 31st, 1843. They first held their				
meetings in an academy hall, corner of Atlantic and Henry street.				
		First Place H. E. Church. In the year 1849, the Washington		
street M. E. Sunday school authorized Charles Bridges, one of its members,				
to survey the south of Brooklyn and report on a position eligible for				
opening a Sunday School. The Atlantic docks had recently been built and the				
Hamilton ferry established. The streets had many of them been graded, but				
there were few houses. A large hill extending from Fourth Place to Degraw				
street, and from Columbia street nearly to Gowanus canal, which was some				
forty to fifty feet in height, was being removed. Mr. Bridges spent some				
months in exploring the locality. There were no churches or schools south				
of Atlantic street except in the vicinity of that street. In his searches				
he found several brethren, Baptist and Methodist, who united and organized				
a union school in the upper part of the engine house in Van Brunt, between				
Carrol and President streets. This was continued for some months with the				
most friendly feeling, until some eight or ten Methodists being engaged in				
the work, it was thought by them advisable that they should separate and				
organize a Methodist school. A sincere and candid explanation was made to				
the Baptist brethren, and a separation effected in the most Christian				
spirit. The Baptist brethren formed the nucleus of the organization that				
ultimately became the Strong Place Baptist church. During the week a vacant				
store in Columbia street was secured and fitted up as a school room, and				
for church services, and on the following sabbath, which was in November,				
1849, the school was opened, under the superintendence of Mr. Chas.				
Bridges, and with an attendance sufficient to encourage the projectors.				
Church services were also held the same day.				
	At this time the Rev. Samuel W. King became the first pastor,			
preaching on alternate Sundays for the Dean street M. E. church (since				
Hanson Place). During the same month, three lots on Hicks street, corner of				
Summit (each twenty-five by one hundred feet), were purchased, and a rough				
frame building immediately put up on the corner. The first board' of				
trustees were elected March 25, 1850, and consisted of Lindsay J. Wells,				
Charles Carter, William H. Story, Charles Bridges and Stephen Haynes;				
afterward Thomas Emereon, Ola Helland, Nathan Carpenter and John W. Cantine				
were elected to complete the number allowed by the law. A brick building on				
the rear of the lots facing on Summit street, was now commenced. It was				
about tbirty-six. feet on the street by fifty feet deep. It was designed				
ultimately. to extend it so that it would have a front (the main one), on				
Hicks street. The cornerstone was laid the 13th of August, 1850, by Dr.				
Nathan Bangs. When the walls were up, a gust of wind prostrated one of the				
side walls, entailing much loss on the young society.. In the spring of				
1850, Rev. Mr. S. H. Clark was appointed to the charge. His health was				
feeble, and he remained but one year. In 1851, Rev. Gad S. Gilbert was				
appointed. He served the church for two years, and was followed, in 1853,				
by Rev. Mr. Wm. F. Collins, who also had charge of the Warren street				
mission, where he preached on sabbath afternoons. During his pastorate,				
viz: on the 23d of Augustj 1853, the church property was sold for $7,000,				
which was about the amount of the encumbrances upon it. The building was				
rented from Mr. Bridges, and worship continued therein. Until this time the				
pastors had been in part supported by the Ladies Home Missionary Society.				
In 1854, Rev. Thomas H. Burch was stationed in the charge. A pledge having				
been given that steps should be taken toward building a new church, Iota				
were accordingly procured on Henry street, corner of Summit, being				
seventy-four feet by one hundred, and a church edifice fiftythree feet on				
Henry street, by seventy-five feet deep, was commenced with a parsonage on				
the rear of the lots facing Summit street. The church is of brick with				
brown stone trimmings, and of the romanesque order. An octagon tower is				
surmounted by a spire one hundred and thirty. four feet high. The Sunday				
school and class rooms are in the basement of the church, which is above				
the surface of the ground.				
	On the 26th of October, 1855, the first board of trustees of the			
new church was elected as follows: Harvey E. Hicks, Daniel Carpenter,				
Robert Cranford, George F. Bulley, Pickering Clark, Wm. B. Barber, Samuel				
Cox, Emery Bemis and Chas. H. Smith. As the lots faced First Place, it was				
incorporated under the name of the "First Place M. E. Church."				
	The lecture room was dedicated January 13, 1856, Rev. Dr. Hodgson			
officiating, and the church was dedicated September 14, 1856. Rev. Dr.				
Durbin preached in the morning, Dr. McClintoch in the afternoon, and Rev.				
Abel Stevens, the historian of Methodism, in the evening. The contributions				
made by one hundred and eighty persons, were $7,682 36.				
	The cost of the entire church property was over $34,000, and in			
1864, was freed from all debt.				
	The history of the church could not be written without stating that			
it is to Messrs. Wm. B. Barber and Isaac Henderson that it is mainly				
indebted for its financial success. It is worthy of mention that during the				
war of the rebellion the cotton with which the church cushions was filled				
was sold for $1.10 per pound, and New Orleans moss substituted, leaving a				
profit of some $1,200 after paying expenses.				
	Rev. Thomas H. Burch was succeeded in the pastorate of the church			
by Rev. Joseph H. Rylance, in 1856. During his term the society enjoyed the				
preaching of Rev. Abel Stevens, then editor of the Christian Advocate, on				
sabbath mornings. He was succeeded from 1858 to 1859 by Geo. C. Robinson.				
From 1859 to 1861, Rev. George Taylor was pastor. From 1861 to 1862, Rev.				
Charles E. Glover. From 1862 to 1863, Rev. R. M. Hatfield. From 1863 to				
1866, Rev. Albert S. Hunt, and from 1866 to 1869, Rev. John A. Roche. In				
1867, the centenary year of Methodism, the church contributed $5,000 to a				
fund raised throughout the United States for educational and other				
purposes. The Sunday school superintendents, since the organization have				
been: in 1851, Lindsey J. Wells; 1852, Samuel Carter; 1853, Samuel Cox;				
1854-5, Samuel Carter; 1856, Charles H. Smith; 1856 to 1861, Isaac				
Henderson; 1861-2, Phillip Walters; 1863, Wm. B. Barber; 1864-5, Rev. A. S.				
Hunt; 1865-6, W. B. Barber ; 1867-9, Richard 0. Currie.				
	Fleet Street M. E. Church, corner of Fleet and Lafayette streets,			
originated in the action of certain members of the Sands street and				
Washington street M. E. churches, [10] at a meeting in the early part of				
March, 1850. During the same month the land on which the church now stands,				
was purchased for $4,000, and the erection of an edifice commenced, fifty				
by seventy feet, and two stories high. Public religious services were held				
for three successive sabbaths (April 14, 21, and 28), at Mr. J. De Gray's				
residence; and at a legally called meeting, held May 6, 1850 (Messrs. N. T.				
Beers, S. H. Humford, J. H. Taft, Chas. Barnum, Stephen Haynes, Wm. Hyde,				
Thos. Read, Thos. S. Simmone, James De Gray, Thos. Burch, Chas. H. Fellows				
and J. G. Dollbear, voting), S. H. Humford, Thos. S. Denike, J. H. Taft,				
James De Gray, and Thos. S. Simmons were elected trustees, Rev. Dr. Curry				
being appointed pastor, by the conference on the 22d of same mouth. The old				
oil cloth factory, Nos. 95 to 101 Prince street, was temporarily occupied				
by the new congregation; and there the sabbath school was organized June				
9th, 1850, with Mr. John E. Humford as superintendent, and five teachers,				
and some sixteen or twenty children. The new brick lecture room was				
dedicated September 6, 1850, by the Rev. John Kennedy, D.D., and by				
November following, two hundred names were enrolled, with an average				
attendance of ninety. In June, .1852, the Rev. R. M. Hatfield was appointed				
pastor, and the present church edifice commenced. It was completed and				
occupied in the early part of 1853, at a total cost, exclusive of ground,				
of $27,000. In May, 1854, the Rev. J. S. Inskip was appointed pastor; and				
was followed, in May, 1855, by the Rev. Dr. James H. Perry, and he, in				
April, 1857, by Rev. William  Lawrence. In April, 1859, the Rev. C. D. Foss				
was stationed here; followed in April, 1861, by Rev. J. F. Booth; and he in				
April, 1865, by Rev. R. M. Hatfield (for second time); he in April, 1863,				
by Rev. B. M. Adams; then, in April, 1868, by Rev. S. H. Platt, the present				
incumbent, by reappointment in April, 1869. In 1859, the parsonage was				
erected, and lecture room enlarged for Babbath school purposes. The total				
membership of the church, in 1869 (inclusive of ninety-nine probationers),				
was seven hundred and thirty-nine, with eight hundred and six sabbath				
school scholars and seventyfive officers. The church, chapel and parsonage,				
with furniture, and ground, estimated at $80,000, free of debt.				
Summerfield M. E. Church, located on the corner of Washington and Greene				
avenues, was the result of a meeting held on the 27th of January, 1851, at				
the residence of Mr. Ibbotson on Washington avenue. The edifice was built				
and occupied before September, 1851. A chapel, in rear of the church was				
formally opened on the 20th of March, 1869. Ministry : 1852, C. Fletcher;				
1853-4, David Osborn; 1855-6, John M. Reid; 1857-8, Wm. S. Studley;				
1859-60, Geo. R. Crooks; 1861, T. G. Osburn; 1862-3, B. Sing; 1864-5, L. S.				
Weed; 1867-8, J. M. Buckley; 1868-9, Wm. S. Studley.				
Hanson Place Methodist Church, Hanson Place, corner of St. Felix street,				
was organized on the 3d of January, 1858. A very neat and commodious church				
edifice was erected, and though when it was opened for divine service there				
were but sixty members of the church, all told, there are now about six				
hundred. Very few church societies in the city can show a larger				
membership. The first pastor was the Rev. Joseph Law; in 1859-60, the Rev.				
James H. Perry; 1861-2, the Rev. Cyrus D. Foss; 1863-5, the Rev. G. W.				
Woodruff; 1866-8, W. F. Watkins; 1868-9, A. S. Hunt. Under all these, the				
utmost harmony prevailed in the society., all laboring to promote its				
interests, and with wonderful success. The value of the church and its				
property, at a low estimate, is at least $55,000.				
	The Sunday school connected with the church, has been wonderfully			
successful, and is quite a feature among the. sabbath schools of the city.				
It was organized on. the 17th of January, 1858, and increased with such				
rapidity that it was found necessary to erect a commodious building				
especially for its uses. The success of the school is mainly due to the				
earnest and indefatigable exertions of its superintendent, ex-mayor Booth.				
The new building used by the school was chiefly designed by Mr. Booth, and				
is very superior to most edifices of the kind.				
Nostrand Avenue M. E. Chapel, corner of Nostrand avenue and Quincy street,				
was dedicated February 28, 1869. It is a neat gothic edifice, fronting on				
Quincy street forty feet, and running back eighty-five feet. The interior				
of the building has a high arched ceiling and a rear gallery. The furniture				
is of black walnut and presents a neat appearance, and will seat five				
hundred persons. There is a Sunday school room in the basement of the				
building. The main edifice, when erected, will front on Nostrand. avenue,				
and will measure sixty by ninety feet. The same style will be preserved in				
the construction of the main building. The location is in a region which is				
being speedily developed by the ever increasing population that is				
gathering from New York and other crowded neighborhoods. The chapel has				
already cost $25,000. The Sunday school is capable of accommodating four				
hundred children, and that number is now in regular attendance. Ministry:				
1865-7, S. M. Hammond; 1868-9, R. H. Rust.				
	Seventh Avenue M. E. Church, corner of Butler street, was organized			
about 1866, by members of the Hanson Place M. E. church. Eight lots of				
ground have been procured, on which a chapel building, ninety-eight by				
fifty-six feet in size, and two stories high, has been erected and				
dedicated December 26, 1869. A church and parsonage are to be erected.				
Ministry 1867, G. A. Hall; 1868--; 1869, C. M. Griffen.				
	Simpson M. E. Church, at corner of Willoughby and Clermont avenues.			
The new edifice of this congregation was dedicated May 17th, 1869. It is				
one hundred and sixteen by seventy-seven feet, and will accommodate from				
one thousand five hundred to two thousand persons. The roof is about eighty				
feet high, to the ridge, with a square tower at each front corner, one				
about one hundred and ten feet in height and the other about sixty feet.				
The walls on both sides will be of Philadelphia brick, with elegant Jersey				
stone trimmings and buttress, and circle windows will add to the general				
effect. Galleries will run round the interior of the building. The site				
will cost $12,000, and includes the land for a chapel, school house and				
parsonage. The total cost of site and church is estimated at $82,000.				
	Tompkins Square M. E. Chapel, have a neat and commodious frame			
edifice, on Greene avenue near Tompkins, the land and building being valued				
at $15,000. It was dedicated June 25th, 1869. Ministry: 1865, G. S.				
Gilbert; 1866-7, F. C. Hill; 1868-9, A. H. Mead.				
	In March, 1869, a new Methodist congregation was organized in the			
21st ward, under the ministry of the Rev. Robert P. Christopher, formerly				
of Cook street church. Their building, located on Kosciusko street, near				
Broadway, E. D., is a neat frame structure, sixty by thirty-six feet,				
costing $7,000.				
	First Methodist Episcopal Church (E. D.). The first ecclesiastical			
organization in the village of Williamsburgh, and the second in the old				
town of Bushwick, was formed about the beginning of the present century.				
Their first house of worship was erected in 1808, on North Second street,				
between Fourth and Fifth; was repaired in 1821, and was still standing in				
1845; but in the year 1837, the society having greatly increased, the				
foundation of a spacious brick church was laid on South Second street,				
between Fifth and Sixth streets. The church here was organized in August,				
1838, its first trustees being David Garret, Henry E. Bodwell, Geo. W.				
Pitman, John L. Gray, Simon Richardson, and James D. Sparkman. The building				
was erected in 1839, and dedicated on the Sth of January, 1840, at which				
time there were about fifty communicants, and such has been the rapid				
increase of the congregation, -that all the Methodist churches of the				
Eastern District of Brooklyn (with the exception of St. John's), have since				
been colonized from it. Notwithstanding the mother church thus sent out so				
many, it continued full. During the pastoral care of Rev. C. B. Sing, in				
1866, the debt of the church, which had rested upon it like an incubus for				
thirty years, was entirely paid off. The building was unroofed in the great				
storm of 1853, when a number of church steeples were blown down; it was				
then extended, and is now the largest and oldest Methodist Episcopal church				
in that part of the city. The present membership is about six hundred;				
about one thousand two hundred persons can be accommodated in the building.				
The church is justly celebrated for its large and prosperous Sunday school,				
which numbers about one thousand children.				
Ministry: 1838, Richard Seaman and James Rawson; 1839, William Thatcher and				
James Rawson; 1840-1, John Le Fevre and C. Ross; 1842-3, Henry F. Roberts;				
1844-5, Paul R. Brown; 1846, John M. Pease;				
1847.4, Edwin L. Janes; 1849-50, W. F. Collins; 1851, R. H. Loomis;				
1852-.3, Harvey Husted; 1853-5, J. Miley; 1856-7, John S. Mitchell; 1858-9,				
M. L. Scudder; 18,50-1, Rufus C. Putney; 1862-3, James W. Home; 1864-66, C.				
B. Sing; 1867-8, W. H. Boole.				
	Grand Street, or Second Methodist Episcopal Church (Gothic Church),			
located on the corner of Grand and Even streets, was organized September				
4th, 1845, with ten communicants. The first board of trustees were Lemuel				
Richardson, Daniel Manjer, John F. Luther, Robert G. Thursby, Isaac				
Henderson, and Charles Maujer. The corner-stone of the church edifice which				
is a neat gothic building, was laid December 4th, 1845, and the edifice				
itself was dedicated on the 26th of November, 1846.				
Ministry : 1846-7, W. R. Stopford; 1848, John J. Matthias; 1849, Samuel				
Meredith; 1850-1, Wm. C. Hoyt; 1852-3, John Crawford; 1854, J. W. B. Wood;				
1855-6, Seymour Landon; 1857, Abm. S. Francis; 1858-9, Charles T. Mallory;				
1860, D. A. Goodsell; 18612, F. Bottome; 1865, George Taylor; 1866--8, J.				
B. Merwin; 1869, George C. Dunbar.				
	North Fifth Street M. E. Church, North Fifth street near Fifth, was			
organized April, 1849, and at that time, met in a school house, in North				
Sixth street, near First, from whence they removed to a frame building in				
North Fifth near Fourth street. Its first officers were David H. Betts,				
Henry 0. Austin, Richard White, John C. Brig,",, William Johnson, John Cox,				
Wm. P. Coleman, Wm. Butler and Henry A. Bodwell. The present edifice was				
erected in 1849 ; the officers being D. H. Betts, H. 0. Austin, R. White,				
J. C. Briggs, W. Johnson, J. Cox, W. P. Coleman, W. Butler, and H. A.				
Bodwell. Number of members at that time forty-three. The first pastor was				
the Rev. S. H. Clark, 1848; followed by Revs. S. Meridith, 1849; E. S.				
Hebberd, 1851-2; C Gorse, 1853-4; 1. Wildey, 1855; C. T. Mallory, 1856-7;				
M. Staples, 1858-9; J. D. Bouton, 1860-1; S. W. King, 1862; H. F. Pease,				
1863; W. F. Collins, 1864; E. S. Hebberd, 1865-6; and W. Platts, 1867-8.				
The number of full members on record since its organization, was six				
hundred and seventy-six, number at present time, one hundred and sixty;				
scholars and teachers in Sunday school, three hundred and seventy-five. The				
church is a plain, substantial edifice, built of brick, with lecture and				
class rooms in the basement and capable of seating in the audience room a				
congregation of about five hundred persons. The building is valued at				
$20,000. The parsonage, in North Fifth street near Fifth, is a frame				
building valued at about $4,000.				
	St. John's M. E. Church (formerly known as Third, or South Fifth			
street), E. D. was colonized from the First M. E. church of Williamsburgh,				
and was organized May 6th, 1849; its first trustees being James D.				
Sparkman, Nathaniel Briggs, Dr. S. Wade, Thomas Lewis, William Y.				
Hemmingway, Gilbert Potter, Wm. Morgan, Geo. W. Smith, and Geo. D. Hubbard.				
Ground was purchased on the corner of Fifth and South Fifth streets; the				
Rev. E. L. Janes placed in temporary charge of the society, and services				
held in the lecture room of the Reformed Dutch church, corner of Fourth and				
Second streets, until the completion of their building. It was dedicated				
July 25, 1850, by Bishop Morris. The congregation increased and prospered,				
so that in April, 1866, it was decided to erect a new building, and lots				
were secured for the purpose on the corner of Bedford avenue and Wilson				
streets. At a meeting of the trustees, held on the 18th of the same month,				
it was resolved to call the church the St. John Methodist Episcopal Church,				
and s, large sum of money was contributed toward its erection. This				
building was dedicated April 3d, 1868, the sermon being delivered by the				
venerable Bishop Janes. The new edifice is built in the decorated gothic				
style of the 13th century, of Belleville brown-stone, and has a frontage of				
one hundred feet on Bedford avenue, including twenty feet of parsonage. It				
extends a depth of one hundred and sixty-seven feet on Wilson street,				
including lecture room, etc. There are five entrances from the outside,				
three on Bedford avenue, and two on Wilson street, and two towers, one				
ending in a spire one hundred and eighty feet high. The audience room is				
ninety-five feet in length, sixty-eight feet in width and forty-four feet				
in height, with one hundred and forty pews on the main floor, and sixty-two				
in the gallery. The pews are of black walnut, and capable of accommodating				
one thousand one hundred and fifty persons. There are, also, five class				
rooms, one Bible class room, a lecture room, seating about four hundred				
persons; a sabbath school room, which including the infant clan room,				
seating about five hundred and twenty-five children; library, laboratories,				
water closets, etc. The windows are of stained glass, and the interior of				
the structure, the audience room, will, at night be lighted by glass jets,				
arranged in a dome, similar to that in the House of Rbpresentatives at				
Washington. The choir is in the rear of the pulpit, in a recess around				
which are triple columns, from which the ceiling springs in rich ribbed				
work, etc. Between these columns will be the organ pipes. Altogether the				
church is one				
of the most complete in the city. The cost is from $150,000 to $160,000.				
The parsonage, which is nearly completed, on Bedford avenue, adjoining the				
church, is a neat compact edifice, built in the same manner as the church,				
and will be complete in all the conveniences of a home.				
		Ministry : 1849-50, E. L. Janes; 1851-2, B. Creagh (who		
died during his term of service, August 10, 1852); 1853, F. W. Bill;				
1854-5, H. Fox; 1856-8-9-60, W. S. Studley; 1861-2, A. S. Hunt; 1863-4, C.				
0. Foss; 1866-7-8, C. H. Payne; 1868-9, E. G. Andrews.				
	The South Third Street M E. Church, corner of Union avenue, E. D.,			
was organized in 1854, by members from the old South Second street church.				
Ministry : 1854-5) A. S. Francis; 1856, L. C. Cheney; 1857, Daniel Curry;				
1858-9, Samuel W. King; 1860-1, J. L. Peck; 1863, Benjamin Pillsbury;				
1864-5, J. S. Inskip; 1866-8, A. C. Eggleston; 1869, W. T. Hill.				
		First M. E. Church of Green-Point, Union avenue, near Java		
street, E. D., was organized in the winter of 1847-8, by the Rev. Sylvester				
H. Clark, of the New York East Conference. The society had been commenced				
by three laymen, viz: Messrs. Benjamin Downing, Charles Huff					
and one other, who hired a small room on Franklin street (occupied as the				
office of Hopkins's livery stable), where, assisted by a few earnest laymen				
from Williamsburg, they established prayer and clam meetings.				
Mr. S. H. Clark remained a pastor two years, during which time the present				
site was purchased, a frame edifice erected and covered, and a lecture room				
finished in the basement. In the year 1850, Rev. Harvey Hustead was				
appointed pastor, and remained two years; being followed in 1852, by Rev.				
Julius Fields, and in 1853-4, by Rev. George Hollis. Under hi's labors the				
audience room of the church was completed and the entire property much				
improved. He was followed in 18554, by Rev. William Gothard; in 1857-8, by				
Rev. Seymour Landon, under whose labors the church was much increased; and				
in 1859-60, by Rev. Buell Goodsell; in 1861-2, by Rev. George Taylor; in				
1863, by the Rev. John F. Booth. Under his labors the congregation so				
largely increased that in 1864 a vigorous and thriving colony swarmed, and				
with Mr. Booth as pastor, commenced the present large and commodious brick				
church known as the Green-Point Tabernacle. In 1865-6-7, the Rev. Henry				
Asten was pastor; and in the spring of 1868, the Rev. John W. Leek, the				
present pastor, was appointed. The congregation has during the past year so				
largely increased as to necessitate measures for a new and larger' edifice.				
Lots have already been purchased for that purpose, and a fine brick church				
is in contemplation.				
		In 1849, there were about thirty members, and there are now		
(1869), three hundred in the First church and as many more in the				
Tabernacle, making a twenty fold increase in twenty years.				
		Greenpoint Tabernacle was commenced in 1864, by members of		
the First M. E. Church of Green Point, under the leadership of Rev. J. F.				
Booth; he was followed in 1866-7-8, by D. A. Goodsell; in April, 1869, by				
Rev. Freeman Pratt Tower. On his taking charge the basement of the present				
edifice was the only portion completed, but in August of the same year the				
work of finishing the edifice was commenced, and probably the dedicatory				
services will take place in January, 1870.				
		The exterior of the church building is plain, yet massive		
in appearance, constructed of brick, surmounted by a very high peaked roof				
The front is supported by four large hexangular buttresses, between which				
are the three entrances, and over the main or centre entrance is a ten-foot				
Catharine-wheel window. The length of the building is ninety feet, with a				
front sixty feet wide. In the rear is an extension twenty-one feet Iona,				
and running the whole width of the building, which contains the class				
rooms, infant claw, and church parlor. The basement exclusive of the				
vestibule, is fifty-eight feet wide and sixty-three feet long, and capable				
of seating seven hundred persons. The audience room is to be furnished in				
black walnut and chestnut.				
		The intention is to afford sitting room for only eleven		
hundred, and standing room for three hundred additional. The real estate				
and building will be worth about $80,000 when finished. The present				
membership is about four hundred and is increasing. The Sunday school				
registers eight hundred scholars, and fifty-four teachers, under the				
superintendency of William Clark. It has the largest congregation and				
school of any church in that section, and is among a population of twenty				
		Central M. E. Church, was formed in March, 1868, by a		
number of persons from the old mother church (South Second street), who				
purchased the South Fifth street M. E. Church (that society having built				
St. John's M. E. Church), and organized a new congregation under the above				
title. Pastors: 1867, E. L. Janes; 1868-9, B. M. Adams.				
		Hatfield X. E. Mission Church, Conselyea, corner of Leonard		
street, a part of the city which has been technically called the 11				
Backslider's Retreat," was established by the exertions of Rev. Henry				
Hatfield. Trustees: Wm. Yorks, John Clarke, E. Smith, J. Cox, J. Benham.				
Pastors: 1866-9, Henry Hatfield; 1869, J. H. Hall. A substantial frame				
edifice has been erected, and was dedicated February 13, 1869. It is fifty				
feet by seventy, seats six to seven hundred persons, and cost $11,000.				
	The African M. E. Church (Zion), South Third, corner of Union			
avenue E. D., was organized in the year 1835, and, at first, worshipped in				
the old Methodist church, then in a school house, and afterwards in a small				
frame building, erected by themselves with much difficulty, in North Second				
street, above Union avenue. Ministers: (as far as known), Peter Lee, 1855;				
Kenneday, 1869.				
	Brooklyn Home Mission. Ministers, 1850-1, S. H. Clark; 1852, Jno.			
Morris Pease; 1853, W. F. Collins; 1854-5, A. Nash.				
	Hicks Street M. E. Church, corner of Summit, 1851-3, G. S. Gilbert;			
1854-5, T. H. Burch.				
	Atlantic Dock Mission, of which, in 1851-3, Henry D. Latham was pastor.			
	Dean Street Church. Minis": 1852-3, Nicholas White; 1855-6, C.			
Gorse; 1857, Jos. Law. This became the Hanson Place church.				
	William Street Bethel Mission, William, near Van Brunt street.			
Ministry 1854, S. Rushmore; 1855-61, E. 0. Bates; 1862-3, Miles N.				
Olmstead; 186", A. S. Francis; 1869, William P. Estes.				
	De Kalb Avenue M. E. Church, De Kalb avenue, near Franklin.			
Ministry : 1856, Joseph Law; 1857, John S. Inskip; 1858-9, Geo. Dunbar;				
1860-1, A. H. Mead; 1862-3, Rufus C. Putney; 1864, G. S. Gilbert; 1865-7,				
J. W. Leek; 1868, D. 0. Ferris.				
	Nathan Bangs M. E. Church, Clove road, corner of Butler street,			
from 1856 to 1859, called a mission. Ministry: 1856; 1857-8, S. H. Platt;				
1859-60, A. S. Hunt; 1861, A. C. Eggleston; 1862-3, William F. Hatfield;				
1864-; 1865-6, H. P. Shepard; 1867-; 1868-9, A. S. Francis.				
	Janes M. E. Church, Reed avenue,- near Gates. Ministry: 1859-61, S.			
H. Platt; 1862, A. C. Eggleston; 18684, W. H. Simonson; 186", H. C. Glover;				
1869, S. C. Keeler.				
Warren Street, East Warren, near Smith street. 1860, J. Law; 1861, J. S.				
Mitchell; 1862-3, A. S. Francis; 1864-5, E. Sands; 1866-8, W. W. Bowdish;				
1869, G. A. Hubbell.				
	Einbury M. E. Church, Fulton avenue near Marcy, of which, in			
1867-9, Thomas Stevens was pastor.				
	John Wesley M. E. Church, Tompkins corner of Willoughby avenue,			
1868, F. C. Hill; 1869, J. W. Barnhart.				
Johnson Street M. E. Church, corner of Jay. 1868-9, J. E. Searles.				
	Free Union Methodist Church E. D., (African), was organized			
February 4, 1842, and erected a small building, in 1851, on South Third,				
near Ninth street.				
	A Wesleyan Methodist church was organized (in the E. D.), August			
23d, 1843, but dissolved, by consent of the members, April 15, 1844.				
	Bushwick and Williamsburgh City Mission. Ministry: 1850-1, Jos. H.			
Frost; 1852-3, Joseph Law; 1854, J. S. Mitchell.				
	Division Avenue, of which in 1853, Julins Field was pastor, is			
perhaps the same as the Broadway Mission, Williamsburgh, 1854, of which				
Julius Field was also pastor.				
	Cook Street M. E. Church, Cook street, corner of Bushwick avenue.			
Ministry: 1855, J. S. Mitchell; 1856, G. L. Fuller; 1862 (with Flatbush),				
J. Henson; 1863, Joseph Henson 1864, R. Roberta; 1869, Robert P.				
	An Asbury M. E. Church was organized in Williamsburgh, in 1844, and			
a small building erected in North Seventh street, near Sixth, Rev. John				
Seymour, pastor in 1856-7.				
	First Bethel H. E. Church (colored), Frost, near Lorimer street, E.			
D., was founded in 1847.				
	Scandinavian Chopel, Pacific near Flatbush avenue, 1869, John			
	German Missionary District of the N. Y Conference (Williamsburgh			
circuit). 1852, Francis G. Gratz; 1853, John J. Graw; 1854-5, Jacob Kendler				
; 1856, Jno. Swahler; 1757, Henry Kastenarick ; 1858 (including Brooklyn,				
N. Y. Bethel Mission and Greenville), John W. Freund and H. Kastendrick;				
1859-60, C. F. Grimm; 1859 (Brooklyn and Greenville), J. W. Freund; 1861,				
Simon F. Zimmerman (Williamsburgh), Henry Leibhart; 1862 (Williamsburgh and				
Long Island), Leibhart; 1863 (Williamsburgh and Long Island), J. G. Lutz,				
and (Bethel and Brooklyn), H. Kastendrick; 1864 (Brooklyn and Greenville),				
F. Bonn; (Williamsburgh and Long Island), J. G. Lutz; 1865 (Brooklyn and				
Greenville); Williamsburgh and Long Island, S. F. Zimmerman. Eastern German				
Conference, 1866, Brooklyn south charge, Wm. Kruth, east charge, Lewis				
Walton; 1867, Brooklyn (Wyckoff Street), Wm. H. Kruth; 1867-8,				
Williamsburgh (Lorimer Street), Fred. Glank; 1868, Brooklyn (Wyckoff				
street), F. G. Gratz.				
The Methodist Protestant Church (E. D.), being the third ecclesiastical				
organization in the former village of Williamsburgh, originated in the				
secession of thirty-five members from the existing Methodist Episcopal				
church of the place. It was organized in 1832, and a small, but comfortable				
edifice was erected, which was dedicated in the autumn of 1853, and was				
replaced, in 1850, by a brick structure. Its first board of trustees were				
Frederick Dickerman, John Snyder, Benjamin Doxey, Peter Merrit and Stephen				
Baker; the number of communicants at the time of organization being twenty.				
Rev. Ruel Hanks was installed pastor in 1835, and Rev. Wm. H. Johnson was				
pastor from 1849 to 1854.				
	The Brooklyn Primitive Methodist Church has existed since 1839. In			
church government it is entirely democratic, and all matters of progress				
and discipline are settled by the will of the people. The church is				
Situated in Bridge street, between Concord and Tillary streets. It is a				
wood frame building, the inside plain and nest, and the religious devotions				
are energetic and lively. All the seats in the church are free. An				
interesting Sunday school is also in operation. Revival services have been				
conducted in the church since the commencement of the present year (1869).				
Pastor, Rev. Charles Spurr.				
	Protestant Methodist Church, originated in a schism, which took			
place among the Primitive Methodists, in 1839. The secession first assumed				
the style of Wesleyan Methodists, and hired the building that had been				
erected by the Primitive society, and sold for the debt, with which it was				
encumbered. The preacher of the original society went with the secession.				
For a while the new organization appeared to prosper, and numbered nearly				
one hundred members. They purchased a lot of ground on Kent street, and in				
the autumn of 1840, commenced the erection of a church, thirty by forty				
feet, which was completed at a cost of about $2,000, and occupied in the				
spring of 1841. Difficulties subsequently arose, and the society being in				
debt, and unable to extricate themselves, in 1845, the church was sold to				
the Roman Catholics, and it is understood that the society is dissolved.				
(Prime's L. I., p. 400). Fred. W. Holland was pastor, 1839-40; George				
Parsons, 1841-2; Win. Birch, 1844-5.				
1 Methodist Hag. and Quart. Review, vol. xiii; New Series, vol. 11, 1831,				
p. 258				
[2] In 1768, when he preached at the house of James Harper, the father of				
Harper Brothers, the celebrated publishers. Mr. Harper afterwards removed				
Brooklyn, and his house was a home for the preachers, some of whom boarded				
there of the  to while serving at that station. See Bang's Hist. ff. E.				
Church, 1, 298, 299, et seq. Mr. Powers and others of the early Methodists				
of Brooklyn, had to go over the river in a row boat to hear Capt. Webb in				
the Old Sail Loft.				
[3] Lost Chapters from Early History of Methodiom, 314, 315.				
[4]  At Recond Methodist conference, in June, 1789, at New York city, Rev.				
Win. Phoebus and John Lee were appointed to Long Island, Plicebus serving				
also for New York. Lost Chaptem, 825, 333.				
[5] Beneath the altar of the church rest the remains of the Rev. John				
Surnmerfield, widely known as one of the most eloquent preachers and godly				
men connected with the Methodist church, and who was buried here by his own				
request. A marble slab in the rear of the church, bears the following				
Inscription: " Sacred to the memory of the Rev. John Summerfield, A.M., to.				
27; a preacher of the Methodist connection; born In England -born again in				
Ireland; by the first, a child of genius; by the second a child of God				
called to preach the gospel at the age of nineteen, in England, Ireland and				
America. Himself the spiritual father of a numerous and happy family. At				
this tomb, genius, eloquence and religion mingle their tears. Holy in life,				
ardent in love and incessant in labor, he was to the church a pattern, to				
sinful man an angel of mercy, to the world a blessing. In him were rarely				
combined gentleness and energy, by the one attracting universal love, by				
the other diffusing happiness around him. Singular sweetness and simplicity				
of manners, inimitable eloquence in the pulpit, natural, graceful and				
fervent, rendered him the charm of the social circle and the idol of the				
popular assembly. Upon the lips that moulder beneath this marble, thousands				
hung in silent wonder. His element was not the breath of fame, but the				
communion and favor of God. He closed a scene of patient suffering, and				
slept in Jesus, in the city of Now York, on the 13th of June, 1825. By				
faith he lived on earth, in hope he died, by love he lives In heaven."				
[6] He was a man of deep piety and burning zeal, a native of Hempstead, L.				
I., and died in Philadelphia, in 1818, in the sixtieth year of his age.				
[7] In Brooklyn Directory for 184", Rev. George Pock is Put down as Pastor				
[8]  Mr. Kenneday had charge of the church in 1834-35, before it was set				
off as a distinct organization.				
[9] Certificate of incorporation recorded October 28, 1844, but, under some				
misapprehension of mistake, renewed January 29,1845.				
[10] These were Rev. Dr. Curry, pastor of Washington street church, Rev.				
William Norris, of Sands street church, S. H. Humford, J. S. Taft, M. F.				
Odell, A. A Gale, Stephen Haynes, L. S. Simmons, J. Studwell, and James De				
Current listing for :
Bushwick Ave. Methodist Church
1139 Bushwick Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11221-4802

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