2. The First 50 Years

The First 50 Years
By Rev. James H. Hotchkin, from 1848 history of Presbyterian Church in Western New York

Trumansburgh – This village is situated in the town of Ulysses, the settlement which commenced at an early period. A church of the Presbyterian order was organized on this place [and] its organization, of eight members, was designated on the reports of the presbytery down to the period of 1837, as the church of Ulysses, or Ulysses first church…[In Rev. Chapman’s] journal for 1803 and 1804, he speaks of his visits to this church, and of a blessed outpouring of the Holy Spirit, so that the church, in about one year of its organization, had increased to the number of near fifty members…

… During the ministry of Mr. York some measure of divine influence was experienced, and additions made to the church, so that in 1825, the church numbered one hundred and thirty-five communicants. During the ministry of Mr. Carle, repeated visitations of the Divine Spirit were granted. …In 1832, the whole number of members was two hundred and twenty. Under the ministry of Mr. Taylor, the church was again visited in a measure, and enlarged by the addition of hopeful converts from the word. In 1843, the church reported two hundred and seventy-three members.

The church have a commodious house of worship, and have always supported their own minister without foreign aid. The Baptist and Methodist denominations have houses of worship in the village, and large and respectable congregations.

Anniversary Sermon
by Rev. David. H. Hamilton, January 8, 1853

Friends & Brethren, we this day sit in Judgment on the past. We do so, not by the condemning of their errors, but by the mention of their good deeds. We sit in Judgment on ourselves not by recalling God’s mercies so often manifested to us, and recalling that which we dare to remember; nor need this be a vain or a profitless employment. By what we love to remember in our Fathers we may learn about what they who shall come after us, will delight to honor us for.

Today we see the importance, and the value of a worthy and useful life, a pious and honorable character; who would not be remembered for good! We are by our very presence here giving verdict in favor of the good and verifying the Scriptures, that the memory of the just is blessed, but that the name of the wicked shall rot. So shall it be in eternity.