American Home Missionary Society collection (1835-1851)

Collection processed and finding aid created by Erin Berger and Jayne Ptolemy, August 2018
Manuscripts Division, William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan

Summary Information

Title: American Home Missionary Society collection
Creator: American Home Missionary Society
Inclusive dates: 1835-1851
Extent: 9 items
Abstract:
This collection contains nine letters written between 1835 and 1851 to American Home Missionary Society Secretary John A. Murray and Associate Secretary Milton Badger. The primary topics are missionaries' efforts in western and central New York, their quarterly and annual reports, appointment approvals, and the requesting of funds for pastors' salaries.
Language: The material is in English
Repository: William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan
909 S. University Ave.
The University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190
Phone: 734-764-2347
Web Site: www.clements.umich.edu

Access and Use

Acquisition Information

2004. M-4389.

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Copyright

Copyright status is unknown

Preferred Citation

American Home Missionary Society Collection, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan

Arrangement

The collection is arranged chronologically.

Biography

The American Home Missionary Society (A.H.M.S.), was formed in 1826 by Associate Reformed, Congregational, Dutch Reformed, and Presbyterian church members seeking to financially support missionary efforts and newly established congregations in recently settled areas of the United States (until they became self-sustaining).

Milton Badger was born in Coventry, Connecticut, in 1800 to Enoch and Mary Badger. He graduated from Yale College in 1823 before attending Andover Theological Seminary and Yale Divinity School. He was ordained as a pastor in 1828. In 1835, he became associate secretary of the American Home Missionary Society and later served as senior secretary for thirty-four years. He died in Madison, Connecticut, in 1873.

John A. Murray was born in 1800 and became a secretary of the Western Agency of the American Home Missionary Society in 1834. He resigned from his post in 1863 following the consolidation of A.H.M.S. agencies in western New York. He died in 1876.

Collection Scope and Content Note

This collection contains nine letters written between 1835 and 1851 to American Home Missionary Society Secretary John A. Murray and Associate Secretary Milton Badger. The primary topics are missionaries' efforts in western and central New York, their quarterly and annual reports, appointment approvals, and the requesting of funds for pastors' salaries. See the Detailed Box and Folder Listing for more information about each item.

Subject Terms

Subjects:
  • Congregational churches--New York (State)--Clergy.
  • Congregationalism.
  • Home missions--New York (State)
  • Missionaries--New York (State)
  • New York (State), Western.
  • Presbyterian Church--New York (State)
  • Protestants.
Contributors:
  • Allen, Asa S.
  • Childs, Ward.
  • Jones, Williston.
  • Lape, Thomas, 1801-1879.
  • Murray, John A.
  • Parmelee, Anson H., 1810-1894.
  • Petrie, Jeremiah.
  • Pierpont, Hezekiah Beers, 1792-1872.
Genre Terms:
  • Letters (correspondence)

Contents List (Request Materials)

Request materials for use in the Clements Library
Container / Location Title
Box   60, Small Collections  
American Home Missionary Society Collection [series]
Folder   35  
  1835 August 7 . A[sa] S. Allen ALS to Rev. Mr. [John A.] Murray; Angelica, New York. (3 pages)
A request for Reverend Leverett Hull to be appointed pastor and for $75 to cover the amount of his salary they were unable to raise by subscription. Comments on local revival, the importance of the station in the region, and the need for a preacher. Signed by the Elders and Trustees. Accompanied by a reference from M. Hunter.
 
  1837 February 14 . Committee of the Second Congregational Church of Sheldon ALS to Rev. John A. Murray; Shelden, New York. (2 pages)
A request for Reverend Ward Childs to be appointed pastor and $100 to fulfill his salary. Financial support required because of the small population and debts incurred by building a public house of worship. Accompanied by a note from the Committee of Missions of the Presbytery of Genesee supporting approval of the request.
 
  1840 August 1 . H[ezekiah] B[eers] Pierpont ALS to Rev. John A. Murray; Avon, New York. (3 pages)
Report listing new members and deacons, baptisms, establishment of Bible class and Sabbath School, additions to the Abstinence Pledge, attendance, contributions, and a request for aid in the form of $50 with a note from the deacons reiterating the request. Letter followed by incomplete draft of society's refusal.
 
  1841 May 3 . H[ezekiah] B[eers] Pierpont ALS to Milton Badger and [Charles] Hall; West Avon, New York. (2 pages)
Statistical report stating new members, attendance to sermons, number added to the Total Abstinence Pledge, and contributions.
 
  1841 October 5 . Ward Childs ALS to Rev. John A. Murray; Strykersville, New York. (2 pages)
Quarterly report detailing the desperate religious conditions in the area and his perseverance despite the discouragement of his ministering. Comments on small churches in the area and the establishment of Sabbath Schools.
Folder   36  
  1847 July 1 . Williston Jones ALS to Rev. Milton Badger; Aurora, New York. (3 pages)
Quarterly report informing the society of his ill wife's condition, their departure from Canton, Illinois, to recover near family, his hope that she will work alongside him soon, and the religious feeling in Illinois. Discouraged by the state of the youth in Holland, New York. Requesting $44 of his salary be forwarded to the merchants who advanced him money.
 
  1847 October 25 . Thomas Lape ALS to Rev. Mr. Murray; Waterloo, New York. (2 pages)
Quarterly report boasting an improved congregation and a reduced debt due to its members. One member was expelled for drunkenness. May need to leave the station if the congregation cannot raise funds for his salary.
 
  1849 February 9 . A[nson] H. Parmelee ALS to Rev. John A. Murray; Addison, New York. (2 pages)
Quarterly report conveying the church's good standing, growing attendance, and the understanding of the society's poor financial state and the minister's willingness to forego requesting what is due to him.
 
  1851 February 25 . J[eremiah] Petrie ALS to Rev. Milton Badger; West Dresden, New York. (3 pages)
Annual report detailing the activities and status of the church including memberships, deaths, Sabbath School attendance, establishment of a library, purchases and contributions.

Additional Descriptive Data

Related Materials

American Home Missionary Society Records, 1816-1907, Amistad Research Center, Tulane University.

Bibliography

"Appointments by the Executive Committee of the A.H.M.S., during the month of August, 1850." The Home Missionary 23, no. 6 (October 1850): 151.

Bailey, Sarah Loring. Historical Sketches of Andover. Comprising the Present Towns of North Andover and Andover, Massachusetts. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin and Co., 1880.

Fiske, John, and James Grant Wilson, eds. Appleton's Cyclopaedia of American Biography, volume 1. New York: D. Appleton & Co., 1891.

Horvath, David G. "American Home Missionary Society." Accessed August 14, 2018. http://amistadresearchcenter.tulane.edu/archon/?p=creators/creator&id=11

Hovarth, David G. "American Home Missionary Society records, 1816-1907." Finding aid, Amistad Research Center, Tulane University. Accessed 5 November 2018. http://amistadresearchcenter.tulane.edu/archon/?p=collections/findingaid&id=9&q=&rootcontentid=2215

Miliken, Charles F. A History of Ontario County, New York and Its People, volume 2. New York : Lewis Historical Publ. Co., 1911.

Moffat, R. Burnham. Pierrepont Genealogies from Norman times to 1913. Privately printed: 1913.

"Western Agency in the State of New-York." The Home Missionary 8, no. 7 (November 1, 1834): 123.