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Collection TitleCL 136 United Baptist Church CollectionCreatorBooth Library
Processed ByRachel Dworkin, Kristen Goble
Date Completed:December 2014
Provenance:The items in this collection were donated to the Booth Library by the United Baptist Church in 2011. 
Terms:Elmira (N.Y.); Churches, Baptist
Historical:

 

Official recognition of First Baptist Church took place in 1829.  The first church building went up in 1830 on land donated by Geoffrey Wisner.  Membership grew steadily in the church and by 1847 it became necessary to build a second, larger edifice.  Also in 1847, escaped slave John W. Jones came to Elmira and began his fifty years of service as Sexton for First Baptist Church.  In 1892, the church spent over $70,000 on a third and final building, which still stands today. 

 

Southside Baptist Church began around 1888 when residents of the south side of Elmira opened their homes for Friday evening prayer meetings.  Soon, attendance at these meetings warranted the building of a permanent church home.  In 1891 the Baptist Mission Sunday School was formed and Wednesday evening prayer meetings were held in a rented store on the corner of Pennsylvania and South Avenues.  Three years later Southside Baptist Church was officially organized.  In 1895 the lot where the temporary church was located was bought and construction on the church building began.  An addition was built in 1953 to accommodate the flourishing membership.

 

First Baptist Church and Southside Baptist Church combined around 2011 and now form United Baptist Church.

Scope:

The United Baptist Chuch Collection is broken down into several series.

Series I: First Baptist Church Membership Files - Church membership files, 1950s-2000s, featuring genealogical information, newspaper clippings and photographs.

Series II: First Baptist Church Collection - Church administrative documents, annual reports, programs, newsletters, photographs and assorted documents.

Series III: Southside Baptist Church Collection - Church administrative documents, programs, photographs and assorted documents. 

Extent13 linear feet
Date Span1829-2009
AbstractThis collection contains the records of the First and Southside Baptist Churches of Elmira.  From the First Baptist Church, it includes membership files, programs, newsletters, photographs and miscellaneous records.  From the Southside Baptist Church, the collection includes programs, newsletters, photographs, newspaper clippings and miscellaneous records.   


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TitleDocumentBox NumberFolder NumberLocation
First Baptist Membership Files
These folders contain the First Baptist Church membership records for the following: Robert Kahley; Madeline Kakretz; Kampars sisters; Joyce Kay; Ermajean Keenan; George & Allene Kellogg; Harry Kellogg family; Brenda Kelley; Arthur Kelly family. RecordsC11.2-10
These folders contain the First Baptist Church membership records for the following: Arlene Kingsley; Evelyn Kingsley; William & Jaqueline Kiser; John Kittle; Kline Family; David & Beverly Knapp; Robert Koons; Lowell & Inez Korb; Theodore Kucmerosky. RecordsC11.21-29
This folder contain the First Baptist Church membership records for the following: Floyd LaDuew; Rose Layton; Jannie Learned; Susie Leonard; Estelle LeVack; Elizabeth Lewis; Debra Ley; Becky Leyse; William Liddy; Bertha Lilley; Mabelle Lindau; Marilyn Lindgren; Elizabeth Lloyd; Agnes Loop; Theressia Love; Genevieve Lum. RecordsC12.1
These folders contain the First Baptist Church membership records for the following: Carrie Larsson; Fred & Mildred Lathers; Arthur & Ruth Lawton; Clifford & Irene Lawton; Vivian Lawton family; Eleanor Lee; Lynda Lee; Carrol & Alice Legge; Edna Leopold; Harris & Julia Lewis. RecordsC12.11-20
These folders contain the First Baptist Church membership records for the following: Mary Lampman; Landon family; Lane family; Darlene Langeland; Marilyn Langevin; Arthur & Muriel Lankford; Homer & Jean Lankford; Juliana Lantz; Kenneth Larrabee.RecordsC12.2-10
These folders contain the First Baptist Church membership records for the following: Horace Lewis; Liddick family; Nellie Lintz; Becky Liotino; Tealah Livermore; Jeff & Sally Locey; Edna Lockwood; Caroline Long; Willis & Marion Longstreet; Alta Loomis.RecordsC12.21-30
These folders contain the First Baptist Church membership records for the following: Clem & Angeline Loomis; Florence Loop; Charles Lovell family; Lola Lovell; Ruth Luce; Ruth Lynn; Garnet & Barbara Lyon; Rev. Ritchard Lyon.RecordsC12.31-38
This folder contain the First Baptist Church membership records for the following: Frances McDowell; George Mace; Ginger Makowiec; Laura Manley; Minnie Manning; Walter Markham; Michele Marr; Lillian Martin; Bernice Marvin; Warren Maywood; Margaret McWhorter; McGinnis brothers; Marjorie McLeod; Michael McNancy; Kimberly McPherson; Lorette Merrill; Kristen Merritt; Shawnee Miles; Barbara Miller; Joy Miller; Esther Mills; Flora Milne; Timothy Mitchell; Floyd Monahan; Jacqueline Morgan; Moses family. RecordsC13.1
These folders contain the First Baptist Church membership records for the following: Jacob Massey; Stewart & Eloise Mattoon; Norman May; Bion & Marilyn McClellan; Thomas McCloskey; Robin McConnell; Susan McConnell; McDermott family; Mabel McInroy; Robert McInroy. RecordsC13.11-20
These folders contain the First Baptist Church membership records for the following: Mahon family; Mabel Malcomb; Mary Lou Manning; Julianna Marian; Rev. Robert Markham; Robert Marsh; William Marsh; John Martin; Janice Martz. RecordsC13.2-10
These folders contain the First Baptist Church membership records for the following: Paul & Sue McNight; Estelle McNelly; Elizabeth McPherson; Meredith McWhorter; Paul Meiritz; Messenger Family; Sally Messing; Bonnie Miller; Buddy & Sandra Miller; C. Arthur & Florence Miller. RecordsC13.21-30
These folders contain the First Baptist Church membership records for the following: Dwight Miller; Flora Miller; Keith & Patty Miller; LeDesha Miller; Robert Miller family; Sara Miller; Richard Millett; Rev. Donald Mills; Grace Mills; Karen & Lindsay Mills.RecordsC13.31-40
These folders contain the First Baptist Church membership records for the following: Monroe Family; Margaret Monroe; Ruth Montgomery; Herbert Moore; Marilyn Moore; John & Magdalen Moran; Minnie Morgan; Jessie Morganstern; William & Jackie Morley; Debbie Morton.RecordsC13.41-50
These folders contain the First Baptist Church membership records for the following: Eldora Mullen; Philip & Betty Mulconery; Ethel Murphy; Sharon Murrin; Carol Ann Murray; Karen Murray; Anna Myers; Harry Myers. RecordsC13.51-58
This folder contain the First Baptist Church membership records for the following: Iva Narosky; Helen Nelson; Dominque Nichols; Evelyn Nivison; Judith Sperry Nobles; Donna Northrup.RecordsC14.1
These folders contain the First Baptist Church membership records for the following: Vincent & Patricia Neason; Nelson Family; Charles Nichols Jr.; John Nichols; Karen Nichols; William Nichols; Frank & Flora Nicholson; John & Betty Nimtz; Niver family; Harry & Margaret Nowland; Dorothy Nyland. RecordsC14.2-12
This folder contain the First Baptist Church membership records for the following: Jean o'Brien; Solon Ogden Jr.; Anna Oliver; Linda Olmstead; Lula Osborne.RecordsC15.1
These folders contain the First Baptist Church membership records for the following: Alice Oakes; Willard Oakes family; Beth O'Connor; Oliver family; Patricia Opper; Rose Anna Ortell; Leonard & Susan Ostrander; Virginia Owen; Chester & Louise Owens; Walker & Alyne Owens.RecordsC15.2-11
This folder contain the First Baptist Church membership records for the following: Iris Park; John Palmer; Lucy Patterson; David Pfleeger; David Phillips; Caroline Pickett; Joan Pittman; Lambert Pope; Alberta Porter; Lotta Potter; Louise Bush Powell; Ruth Price; Elaine Proko; Samuel Pulford. RecordsC16.1
These folders contain the First Baptist Church membership records for the following: Rev. George & Grace Parmelee; Gertrude Paxson; Leonard & Marilyn Pearson; Harold & Louise Peck; Julian & Mary Ellen Penney; Personius family; Petit family; Sandra Petsky; Ed & Betty Phillips; Nela Phillips.RecordsC16.11-20
These folders contain the First Baptist Church membership records for the following: Vicki Painter; A. Wilber Palmer; Clifford Palmer family; Robert Palmer family; Roy Palmer family; Jean Papandera; Parfitt family; Dolleen Pariso; Burnis Parmelee family.RecordsC16.2-10
These folders contain the First Baptist Church membership records for the following: Amy Picklesimer; Florence Pierce; Daisy Pinch; Abram Pipher; Carlton & Eleanor Pipp; Arthur, Sadie & Robert Pitts; Fodleski family; Joseph, Violet & Jane Poliseo; Mary Polley; Blanche Mannix Porter.RecordsC16.21-30
These folders contain the First Baptist Church membership records for the following: Cleo Porter; Robert & Bonnie Porter; Joseph Poteat; Robert & Donna Poteat; Robert & Glyndora Powell; Whitney Powers family; Gene Powers.RecordsC16.31-37
These folders contain the First Baptist Church membership records for the following: Mary Price; Joyce Pritchard; Vaughn Pritchard; J. Rees Pugh; Daysey Pulford; George & Ethel Putnam. RecordsD16.38-43
These folders contain the First Baptist Church membership records for the following: Clarence Quail; Harold Quail; William & Beverly Querry; Robert & Marie Quick.RecordsD17.1-4
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