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Groton and Peruville Methodist Episcopal Church Records

An inventory of the collection at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: JAB
Date: 1985

Biographical History

The Groton and Peruville Methodist Episcopal Churches, located in Tompkins County, New York, were originally part of a circuit that included Peruville, McLean, East Groton, South Hill, Groton Village, and Lake Chapel in the Oneida Conference. The full administrative title was "Methodist Episcopal Church, Central New York Conference, Ithaca District, Groton Charge." In later years the Groton and Peruville churches were ministered to as churches with different ministers appointed to them and as part of a two-church charge served by one minister. From about 1921 both churches were served by the same minister. The Groton charge continued until 1966. In 1966 the Groton Methodist Church merged with the Groton Congregational Church and the First Baptist Church of Division (Groton) to form the new Groton Community Church. At the time the Groton Methodist charge ceased to exist it was part of the Ithaca District, Central New York Conference of the United Methodist Church.

On July 18, 1836 the first meeting of the Methodist Episcopal Church in Groton Village was called into existence by Rev. L. K. Reddington and local preacher Justus P. Pennoyer. The first church was built in 1842; in 1853 a house and lot were purchased and used as a parsonage until 1899. Then a new parsonage was built on the church lot. A newer auditorium was completed in 1832 and remodeled in 1899. The church was torn down after the merger with the two other churches in 1966.

The Peruville Methodist Episcopal Church began about 1835 and ended about 1964. There is no available information about the Peruville church property or its history among the records of this collection.

Ministers of the Groton Methodist Episcopal Church, Tompkins County, New York

Ministers of the Peruville Methodist Episcopal Church, Tompkins County, New York*

*These were names of ministers given in the Church Record Book - Peruville, 1935-1920.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Groton and Peruville Methodist Episcopal Church Records includes Groton church record books (1879-1938); Board minute books (1915-1965); Ladies Aid Guild record book (1913-1916); Sunday School record book (1906-1907); quarterly conference minute books (1888-1940); and Peruville church record book (1835-1920).

Arrangement of the Collection

Items are arranged chronologically in a single series.


Access Restrictions:

The majority of our archival and manuscript collections are housed offsite and require advanced notice for retrieval. Researchers are encouraged to contact us in advance concerning the collection material they wish to access for their research.

Use Restrictions:

Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

Related Material

The Groton Historical Society of Groton, New York has records of the Groton Methodist Church and transcripts of other records.

Subject Headings

Corporate Bodies

Methodist Episcopal Church (Groton, N.Y.) -- Archives.
Methodist Episcopal Church (Peruville, N.Y.) -- Archives.


Church records and registers -- New York (State) -- Groton.
Church records and registers -- New York (State) -- Peruville.
Church records and registers -- New York (State) -- Tompkins County.
Methodists -- New York (State) -- Groton.
Methodists -- New York (State) -- Peruville.


Tompkins County (N.Y.)

Genres and Forms

Church registers.
Minute books.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Groton and Peruville Methodist Episcopal Church Records,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Table of Contents

Record books and minutes