Pastors of the Presbyterian Church
City of Johnstown
Fulton County, New York
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The list of pastors which follows is compiled principally from the list appearing at the beginning of the second volume of the Church Register; it was prepared by Dr. Stewart and his remarks are now placed within quotations. The dates cover the periods embraced by the pastorates.
- 1. WILLIAM SCHENCK, "Missionary Supply, in 1785." He was pastor at Ballston, from Aug. 11, 1786 to July 4, 1793, during which time he organized the church at Charlton (Freshold). Licensed by the Presbytery of New Brunswick, 1771; ordained, 1772. After leaving Ballston, he was installed pastor of the church at Huntington, Long Island, N. Y. In 1817 he removed to Franklin, Ohio, where he was pastor for several years, and died on Sept. 1, 1822.
- 2. JAMES THOMPSON, 1787 to ----. In 1786 he was appointed to supply vacancies beyond Albany. In May 1787, received as a member of the Presbytery of New York, and called by Johnstown, but did not accept. "Supplied the Pulpit for some time."
- 3. SIMON HOSACK, Dec. 8, 1790, until his death, May 19, 1833. "He was taken under the care of the Presbytery of New York, May 6, 1769. Licensed May 5, 1790. Dismissed to the Presbytery of Albany, Oct. 17, 1790. Extract from Records of the Presbytery of Albany, Vol. vii, p. 364.
- 4. GILBERT MORGAN, Feb. 15, 1826 to Oct. 4, 1828. "was called as Collegiate Pastor with Dr. Hosack."
- 5. CHESTER HINMAN, 1829 to 1830. He was employed by the Trustees for one year, as assistant to Dr. Hosack. A native of Orwell, Vermont; died Dec. 30, 1830.
- 6. HUGH MAIR, Jan. 19, 1831 to Feb. 21, 1843. "Was called as Collegiate Pastor with Dr. Hosack. After his death, became sole pastor of the church. Mr. Mair was a native of Scotland, a man of great simplicity of character, of remarkable theological attainments."
- 7. MALCOM N. MCLAREN, Aug. 21, 1843 to Apr. 8, 1845. "Called July 11, 1843, never installed. Supplied the pulpit something over a year."
- 8. JAMES OTTERSON, Oct. 29, 1845 to June 9, 1852. Died Sept. 17, 1867.
- 9. JAMES P. FISHER, Oct. 1852 to June 1860; installed July 1853. Died Aug. 30, 1865.
- 10. DANIEL STEWART, Stated Supply, Apr. 7, 1861 to Apr. 4, 1869. "Never installed."
'With solemn recollections of departed worth the Presbytery record the death of the Rev. S. Hosack, D. D., the last of the members who composed this Presbytery at its formation. He died in the pastoral charge at Johnstown on Lord's day May 19th 1833.' "
This closes the list of pastors of the church for the period covered by the records transcribed in this volume.