Additions and Corrections: Religious Records of New York

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Further Reading:

Hastings, Hugh, ed. Ecclesiastical Records, State of New York. Albany: J. B. Lyon, State Printer, 1901–1916. 7 vols. Introduction and index by Edward T. Corwin. Includes numerous documents concerning the Dutch, English, and other churches in the colony, their interaction with their mother churches in Europe, and with the colonial authorities.


Eastern Rite Catholic and Eastern Orthodox

(page 224) Large numbers of immigrants arrived from the Ottoman empire, as well as the Austro-Hungarian and Russian empires.



(page 216) The New York Charter of Liberties and Privileges was enacted in 1683, not 1688.



Further reading:

Townsend, Craig D. Faith in their Own Color: Black Episcopalians in Antebellum New York City. New York: Columbia University Press, 2005.



Peter Christoph, a Lutheran expert, a distinguished scholar of New York colonial records, and Director Emeritus, New York State Library Manuscripts and Special Collections, contributed a number of revisions to the section that appeared in the first printing; Harry Macy Jr., the book’s consulting editor, made some additional revisions. All of these were incorporated in the second printing of the Research Guide and in an article published in the summer 2015 issue of the New York Researcher. Click here to download or print the article.



(page 238) Richard Allen and Absalom Jones, the first African Americans to become Methodist ministers, were licensed as local preachers in Philadelphia in 1784, but were not ordained by John Wesley. Absalom Jones would later become an Episcopal priest. For further information, see also the website of  Historic St. George's United Methodist Church (, which both men attended, and the essay by J. Gordon Melton, Distinguished Professor of American Religious History at Baylor University, about African American Methodists 1760-1876.

Further reading:

Andrews, Dee E. The Methodists and Revolutionary America, 1760-1800: The Shaping of an Evangelical Culture. New Jersey: Princeton University, 2002.

Bulthuis, Kyle T. Four Steeples over the City Streets: Religion and Society in New York’s Early Republic Congregations. New York University, 2014. About Trinity Episcopal, John Street Methodist, Mother Zion African Methodist, and St. Philip’s (African) Episcopal churches.

Townsend, Craig D. Faith in their Own Color: Black Episcopalians in Antebellum New York City. New York: Columbia University Press, 2005


Quaker (Society of Friends)

(page 246) Friends first appeared in North America in 1657, in New Netherland and New England. After some persecution they were tolerated in the Dutch colony and Rhode Island, and proceeded to convert many colonists. It was only later that William Penn founded Pennsylvania as a haven for his fellow Quakers.

(page 248) Hinshaw, William Wade. The Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy. 6 vols. Ann Arbor, MI: Edwards Brothers, 1936–1950. Vol. 3, compiled by John Cox Jr. (1940), covers the Long Island and New York City meetings.