The Washerwoman’s Genes

May 5, 2006

On the Clothesline: Missing Churches?

Filed under: Clothesline — by WWG @ 12:44 pm

The membership records of the Reformed Dutch Church of Esopus betray the existence of other Reformed churches: Hurley and Port Ewen, to name two. But there is no transcription of the Port Ewen Dutch Church that I have found. Those records might contain missing connections: a church in Port Ewen might be the place Cornelius and Jeannette married and baptized their children. Likewise, the references to M.E. churches in the area suggest questions. Have the records of the M.E. Church of Esopus been transcribed? Do they exist? Is it possible that some important records were lost, or that they are hidden in some church file cabinet?

A need: a “census” of churches by town. What congregations existed in each town, decade by decade. With such a list, we might be able to gauge what records have not been located or even sought.

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