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Source: Sixth Report of the Board of Trustees of the New York Baptist Union for Ministerial Education; with the Proceedings of the Annual Meeting, Addresses, &c., &c. Held at Rochester, July 10, 1855; Together With a Statistical Report of Institutions of Learning. Rochester: Steam Press of A. Strong & Co., Democrat Office, Eagle Bank Block, 1856.

The "New York Baptist Union For Ministerial Education" was a membership society whose objective was to:

"...furnish means of instruction to such young men of the Baptist denomination, as shall give satisfactory evidence to the churches of which they are members, and to the Trustees of the Society, of their personal piety, and their call to the gospel ministry."

Members paid dues of at least two dollars per year; life membership was $20.00. The Revs. Z. Freeman and J.B. Olcott, who solicited funds in the Wayne County area, were on the Agency Standing Committee of the Union and traveled to solicit subscriptions and pledges from members of local Baptist churches. Although there was already a thriving Baptist theological seminary in Hamilton, NY in 1854-55, the Union's goal was to create further opportunity for a thorough training in the ministry at a new seminary in the city of Rochester, Monroe County. By 1855 the Union had raised $40,000 towards the permanent endowment of professorships, a library of 7,000 volumes, and $28,000 in scholarship funds for a school with three full-time professors and 40 theological students. The 1855 president's address stressed that due to increasing immigration and population there was a need to enlarge their German Department to train ministers to become pastors of German-speaking congregations.

Monies were being raised at a time of severe economic depression in the country overall. For fundraising purposes the state was divided into 3 geographic sections. Letters were sent to pastors of 636 Baptist churches in the state. Only 210 churches responded and insufficient monies proportionate to the seminary's needs were raised. The names of local residents below were culled from listings of all Union members across NY State. Wayne County members gave generously.

From July 10, 1854 to July 2, 1855
The New York Baptist Union for Ministerial Education

From July 1854 to July 1st 1855

Name of ministers who secured the donations, Name of Member, Residence, Type of Fund, Amount Donated.

end. = general endowment notes and subscriptions
int. = interest on subscriptions, notes, &c.
Perm. Schol. = permanent scholarships

Note: People often traveled a distance to attend a particular church, especially if they were former members/residents, if other family members worshipped there, or they favored a particular pastor. So as not to omit family associations and religious affiliation clues important to our site visitors, members residing in towns bordering Wayne County are included. Several of the over-the-border ministers were on our Minister's master list, or were presiding minister in our marriage vital records. For all, we now know their denomination was Baptist, information that may assist you in searching for documentation of family church records both inside and outside of Wayne County.

Per Rev. J.B. Olcott - Rep. for August (1854)
Luther F. Spear, Palmyra, end. $12.50, int. $2.60
Azel Throop, Port Gibson, end $6.25, int. $2.60

Per Rev. J.B. Olcott - Rep. for September (1854)
O.M. & O.N. Leland, Phelps, end. $25.00, int. $2.04

Per Rev. Z. Freeman - September (1854)
Denise Denise, W. Walworth, $40.00

Per Rev. J.B. Olcott - October (1854)
Joseph H. Dewey, Manchester, Prof. end. $100.00
D.J. Rossman, Palmyra, end. $25.00, int. $4.60
Samuel L. Hart, Junius, end. $50.00, int. $4.60

Per Rev. J.B. Olcott - December (1854)
George Darrow, Phelps, int. $2.90
Wm. Ottley, Phelps, Perm. School, $300.00

Per Rev. J.B. Olcott - January (1855)
William Ottley, Phelps, int. $72.00

Per Rev. Z. Freeman - January (1855)
Eli Palmer, Arcadia, end. $6.00, int. .84

Per Rev. J.B. Olcott - February (1855)
John Gillett, Rose Valley, end. $25.00, int. $5.18

Per Rev. J.B. Olcott - April (1855)
Osee Crittenden, Phelps, Perm. School $15.00, int. $2.00

Per Rev. J.B. Olcott - May (1855)
Osee Crittenden, Phelps, int. $4.64
Asa H. Robinson, Newark, end. $12.50, int. $1.92
Samuel West, Newark, end. $12.00, int. $1.96
J.S. Lamoraux, Clyde, end. $6.27, int. .79
Sharon V. Waterbury, Clyde, end. $6.27, int. $3.15
Wm. H.C. Redfield, Manchest, Perm. Schol. $50.00, int. $7.00
S.J. Lape, Clyde, end. $5.00

Per Rev. J.B. Olcott - June (1855)
Charles Tremain, Marion, int. $5.00
Ira Greenwood, Marion, Perm. Schol. $28.34, int. $2.46
Justus Hill, Marion, Perm. Schol. $8.33, int. .72
Wm. Harkness, Marion, Perm. Schol. $16.67, int. $1.74
J.C. Green, Marion, Perm. Schol. $10.00, int. .70
P. Winslow, Marion, Perm. Schol. $30.00, int. $2.10
O. Hicks, Marion, Perm. Schol. $10.00, int. .70

By Payment of Twenty Dollars and Upwards

Bancroft, Thomas E., East Walworth, Wayne
Burr, Isaac, East Walworth, Wayne
Denise, Denise, West Walworth, Wayne
Denise, Mrs. D., West Walworth, Wayne
Denise, David H., West Walworth, Wayne
Denise. Garret, West Walworth, Wayne
Draper, Rev. A.P., Phelps, Ontario
Gates, Benjamin, Phelps, Ontario
Gates, George W., Phelps, Ontario
Gates, Mrs. Geo. W., Phelps, Ontario
Gates, William W., Phelps, Ontario
Gillett, John, Rose, Wayne
Green, J.C., Marion, Wayne
Harkness, Wm., Marion, Wayne
Hart, Samuel L., Junius, Seneca
Hicks, O., Marion, Wayne
Hicks, Justus, Marion, Wayne
Irish, Amos, Sodus, Wayne
Jordon, S.B., Palmyra, Wayne
King, Simeon, Phelps, Ontario
Leeland, O.M., Phelps, Ontario
Main, Rev. E.F., West Walworth, Wayne
Main, Mrs. E.F., West Walworth, Wayne
M'Carn, James, Ontario, Wayne
Miller, Philetus, West Walworth, Wayne
Mitchell, Peter, Manchester, Ontario
Ottley, Thomas, Phelps, Ontario
Ottley, William, Phelps, Ontario
Ottley, Mrs. Wm., Phelps, Ontario
Palen, Henry, West Walworth, Ontario
Perry, Valentine, Macedon, Wayne
Perry, Mrs. Abigail, Macedon, Wayne
Phillips, C., Arcadia, Wayne
Redfield, Wm. C., Manchester, Ontario
Redfield, Mrs. Wm. C., Manchester, Ontario
Robinson, Asa H., Newark, Wayne
Rossman, D.J., Palmyra, Wayne
Rossman, Mrs. Julia, Palmyra, Wayne
Russell, L.P., Tyre, Seneca
Spear, Dea. Stephen, Palmyra, Wayne
Spear, Luther F., Palmyra, Wayne
Spencer, G.W., West Walworth, Wayne
Stimson, Rev. H.K., Marion, Wayne
Stoddard, Russell, Palmyra, Wayne
Sweezy, Rufus, Marion, Wayne
Throop, Azel, Port Gibson, Wayne
Waterbury, A.V., Clyde, Wayne
Webb, Rev. Wm. R., Palmyra, Wayne
West, Samuel, Newark, Wayne
Whitney, Sidney, Ontario, Wayne
Winslow, Philander, Marion, Wayne

All spellings are as in the original book.

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