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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."

Fundraising among Chautauqua County  Baptists was done by Rev. Hezekiah West
of Watkins, Schuyler County, N.Y., in September 1854. The names of
Chautauqua County residents below were culled from listings of all Union
members across NY State.

Members paid dues of at least two dollars per year; life membership was
$20.00.  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.

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.

>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.
L.M. = Life Membership

Per Rev. J.H. West - Rep. for September (1854)

A Sister in Jamestown, L.M. .50
J.C. Breed, Jamestown, end. $5.00
N. Mixer, Forestville, end. $7.50, int. $4.38
S.M. Manly, Panama, end.  $7.50, int. $1.61
Lorenzo M. Rexford, Panama, int. $4.12
Joel Powers, Panama, end. $15.00, int. $4.14
Alvin Button, Panama, end. $4.95, int. $5.05
Isaac Phelps, Panama, end. $12.50, int. $2.70
Alonzo Manley, end. $12.50, int. $1.50
Ambrose  Blackmer (for H. Blackmer), Panama, end. $25.00
Luther Powers, Panama, end. $8.60, int. $5.40
Samuel Crissey, Stockton, end. $20.00, int. $3.24
J.L. Lamphear, Stockton, end. $25.00, int. $3.40
Walter L. Sessions, Panama, end. $20.00, int. $4.70

By Payment of Twenty Dollars and Upwards

Breed, Dea. J.C., Jamestown, Chautauque
Button, Alvin, Panama, Chautauque
Chandler, Rev. C.N., Fredonia, Chaut.
Chandler, Mrs. C.M., Fredonia, Chaut.
Crissey, Harlow, Stockton, Chautauque
Elliott, Rev. Jesse, Mayville, Chaut.
Hurlburt, Hosea, Panama
King, Harvey, Panama, Chautauque (another Harvey King listed in Trumansburg, Tompkins Co.)
Patterson, J.S., Forrestville, Chaut.
Peck, Ira, Panama, Chautauque
Winsor, Chauncey, Stockton, Chaut.

All spellings and locations are as in the original book. There was no further information about the donors and members.

SOURCE - Contributed by  Martha Perry Magill
Copyright © 1999 Martha Perry Magill
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