Methodist Episcopal Church of Sheldrake
Town of Ovid, Seneca County, NY
Source: "Manual of the Churches of Seneca County with sketches of their pastors, 1895-96", compiled and published by the Courier Printing Co., Seneca Falls, NY 1896.
The Methodist Episcopal Church at Sheldrake was Organized on June 13, 1811, under the name of the Ovid Society of the M. E. Church, being the first M. E. Church in the township, if not in the county. There had been services held at the home of Uncle Peter Sherman for some time before the organization, and they were continued there until they were able to build the church, which was erected a mile west of the lake. In 1869-70,during the pastorate of Rev. N. M. Wheeler. the church was moved to its present site, and enlarged and improved. For a number of years the society was .united with Ovid in a circuit, the pastor living at Ovid and coming to Sheldrake in the afternoon. In 1868, a parsonage was purchased, largely with funds willed by Aunt Patty Sherman, and since that time this church has stood alone, except a few years, when there was an afternoon appointment at Farmer. Some of the prominent preachers of the present day have served one or more years at Sheldrake, among whom are E. D. Huntly. since Chaplain of the United States Senate and pastor of the Centennary Church in Washington, D. C., and C. C. Wilbur, now presiding elder of Elmira District and principal elect of Cazenovia Seminary. The officers are as follows: Trustees, Hiram Crissy, J. V. Dunlap, A. Hollingshead, Enoch Covert and Dr. R. W. Padgham; Stewards, Hiram Crissy, Harry Goundry, Robert Rolfe, William Burt Helfman, Frank Quigley, Arthur Quigley, Charles Myer, Bert Myer, Kate Burlew, Edith Blew, Susie Cleveland and Lottie Helfman; Class Leaders, Hiram Crissy and A. Hollingshead; Sunday School Superintendent, Harry Goundry; President of Epworth League, Harry Goundry.
LIST OF MEMBERS
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