History of the Organization of the
Durham, Greene County, New York
(Address by William S. Borthwick)
Interwoven with the early settlement of the Town of Durham is the endeavor of the first settlers to provide a place for religious worship.
The early Duteh settlers at Dewittsburgh, now Oak Hill, formed a church organization in the early days of their settlement, and drew membership all along the Catskill valley from Freehold to Livingstonville as well as from the hills on either side.
The first English settlement in Durham, or Freehold, as the town was then called, was by seven young men from Durham, Connecticut, in 1784. They came by boat to Catskill and then with their guns, axes and knapsacks, made their way on foot to this town, began clearing away the forests on Meeting House Hill, and gave the name " New Durham " to their settlement.
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Adams, John-17 Akins, Seth-6 Austin, Benoni-16 Austin, Moses-6, 14 Baldwin, Abiel-6, 19 Baldwin, Curtis-5-6 Baldwin, David-6, 16-17 Baldwin, Father-20 Baldwin, James-16 Baldwin, Jonathan-4 6, 14-17, 19 Baldwin, Mrs.-12 Baldwin, Noah-6 Baldwin, Sally-11 Baldwin, Submit-13 Bascomb, Burton-5 Benjamin, Richard-6 Bidwell, Benjamin-6 Bidwell, Eunice-13 Bidwell, Mrs.-12 Bird, Jonathan Rev.-9 Bishop, John-6 Bland, John-8 Borthwick, Joshua G.-3 Borthwick, William S.-2, 4-18 Brainard, Daniel-6 Broadway-10 Bronson, Seth-8 Brown, Daniel-6, 9, 12,15 Buckley, Mrs.-12 Canfield, John-6 Canfield, Phineas-6 7, 13, 15, 19-20 Canfield, Mrs.-12 Canfield, William-20 Carter-21 Catskill Creek-10, 19 Catskill, village of-20 Chalker, Deboroh-13 Chalker, Ezra-6 Chalker, Mary-13 Chalker, Mrs.-12 Champion, Nathan-4-5 Chapman, Benjamin-15, 18 Chapman, Lydia-13 Chapman, Mrs.-12 Chittenden, Capt. Jairus-10 Chittenden, Jairus-6, 9,14 15 Chittenden, Leverett-15 Chittenden, Polly-21 Chittenden, Rebekah-13 Church of Chirst-21 Coe, Daniel-6, 9, 12, 14, 16 Cole, Nathan-6 Collins, Thaddeus-17 Cook, Caleb-20 Cook, Elisha-6 Cook, Miles-6 Cooke, William Dr.-6 Cooley, Jehial-6 Cooley, Samuel-16 Cooper, Abner-6, 8 Cooper, George-6 Cooper, Miles-8 Cornwall, Dan-6, 15 Cornwall, Rachel-13 Cornwallville-11 Corwall, Mrs.-12 "Covenant"-5 Cowles, David-6, 9, 12 Cowles, John-6 Cowles, John Jr.-21 Cowles, Mary-18 Cowles, Salmon-6 Dewey, Adijah-6 DeWitts-20 Dewittsburgh-4, 19 Doty, Elizabeth-13 Doty, Mrs.-12 Episcopalian Church-11 Faith of the Fathers-10 Field, Ambrose-14 Field, Robert-17 Finch, George-17 Fordham, Silas-6 Fordham, Silas S.-14 Fuller, Samuel Rev.-13 24 Garvey, Jacob-6 Gettysburgh-18 Giddings, John-6 Goff, Desire-13 Goff, Mrs.-12 Graham, Joseph-6 Greenville-9 Gridley, Asahel-6 Gridley, Thomas-6 Griswold, Mrs.-12 Guild, Simeon-6 Guilford, Connecticut-10 Hall, Rebeckah-10 Hart, Elihu-9, 12 Hart, Elisha-6 Hart, Joseph-6, 9, 11-14 Haskins, Alton-5 Hinman, James-6 Holcomb, James-9 Holland-19 Hopson, Linus-14 Hopson, Lieut. [Linus-6 Hopson, Martha-13 Hopson, Mrs.-12 Hotchkin, Beriah Rev.-9 Hottchkiss, Benjamin C.-10 Hotchkiss, Capt.-6 Hotchkiss, Lemuel-6, 9 10, 12, 17 Hotchkiss, Penelope-13 Hotchkiss, Robert-6 Hubbard, Benjamin-6, 13 Hubbard, Daniel-6 Hubbard, Elijah-6 Hubbard, Ester-13 Hubbard, Eunice-13 Hubbard, Isaac-6 Hubbard, Jabez-6 Hubbard, Jonathan-6 Hubbard, Mrs.-12 Hubbard, Solomon-6 Hudson River-19 Hulbert, Abijah-6 Hulbert, Gidian-6 Hulbert, Timothy-6 Hull, Elizur-11 Hull, Eunice-13 Hull, John-6, 9, 11 Hull, John Sr.-11 Hull, Orville-11 Hull, Sarah-13 Hull, Silas-6, 14 Hulse, Lavina Hervey-10 Humiston, Giles-6 Humiston, Jason-6 Hurd, Mr.-20 Ingraham, Giles-6 Johnson, Captain Charles-16, 21 Jones, Ezra-6, 15 Kirtland, Charlotte-1 Kirtland, Daniel-4, 6 Kirtland, Elizur-6 Kirtland, Louise-13 Kirtland, Martin-6, 16 Kirtland, Mrs.-12 Lord, Christopher-4-6, 9-10, 12-13 Lord, Mrs.-5 Lord, Patience-13 Lord, Priest-5 Ludington, Collins-6 Lusk, B. Clerk-12 Maitland Patent-19 Mather, Abner-6 Meeting House Hill-4-5, 8, 10-11, 20 23 Merwin, Daniel-6, 9, 11 Merwin, David-6, 19 Middletown-21 Moon, John-6 Morgan, Ester-13 Morgan, Mrs.-12 Morgan, Theodore-8 Nelson, Jonathan-6 Osborn, Elias-8 Palmer, John-6, 13-14 Patrie, Hendrick-6 Percival, Elkanah-6 Percival, Paul-6 Person, Aaron-8 Person, Miss-18 Phelps, Stephen-6 Plank, Hendrick-19 Post, Mrs.-12 Powers, Ephraim-6 Pratt, Augustus-6, 9-11 Pratt, Capt. Jonathan-6 Pratt, Esther-10-11, 13 Pratt, Ethan-6 Pratt, Frederick-16 Pratt, George-11 Pratt, Julian-13 Pratt, Seth-6 Reynolds, Fred-10 Rose, Elijah-6 Rose Hill-20 Rose, Mr.-20 Sage, David-6 Salisbury, William-20 Scranton, Ichabod-6, 9,11 Scranton, Rachel-13 Sears, Grace-13 Sears, Mrs.-12 Shue, Augustine-19 Shue, Mr.-20 Simmons, Daniel-18 Skeel, Adoniram-6 Skeel, Eliab-6 Skeel, Gideon-6 Smith, Benjamin-6 Smith, Chileab-6 Smith, Ezekiel-8 Smith, Jared-6 Smith, Thomas-6 Spencer, Ichabod-6 Squire, Thaddeus-6 Stocking, 3tephen-6, 16 Strong, Anna-11 Strong, Bela-6,16 Strong, Eliakim-6, all, 13 Strong, Father-20 Strong, John-20 Strong, Lyman-18, 20 Strong, Patience-5,13 Strong, Selah-4, 6 10,14, l9-21 Strong, Stephen-6 20 Thompson, James-16-17 Tibbals, Ebenezer-6 Tibbals, Mr.-20 Torrey, Bill-6, 20 Townsend, Jessie Rev.-15 Tryon, Asa-6 Tryon, Ester-13 Tryon, Mrs.-12 "Tything Men"-16 Utter, James-16 Valance, Zachariah-6 Van Vechten, Squire-20 Vedder, Jessie V. V.-2,18 23 White, Jedehiah-6 Whittlesey, Mrs.-12 Whittlesey, Sarah-13 Wilcox, Capt.-20 Wilcox, Francis-6,15 Wing, Mrs. Eliza-11 Williston, Dr.-17 Williston, Seth Rev.-17 Wright, George-6 Wright, John-6 We acknowledge the assistance of Mrs. Clarissa Ketchum and Mr. Raymond Beecher in providing the pictures.