Charge History

History of Cooperstown UMC

History:

Methodist Episcopal - Erie Conference. The first Society was organized in 1820, probably as a Class on the original French Creek Circuit. In 1828 its first Chapel was built. A Miss Stratton held a “mighty” revival in the Cooperstown community in 1876. Sometime in the 1880's a new Church was built. This Church served until 1967 when the new Church building was erected on a new and more adequate lot. The Church has always been on a Circuit or Charge with other Churches. For many years it has been a two-point Charge with Franklin: Bethel Church. The membership in 1968 was 82. The membership on January 1, 2003 was 117.

Pastors:

French Creek Circuit: Cooperstown: Unknown 1820-1835; Shippenville-Tionesta Mission: Cooperstown: Samuel W. Ingraham 1835-1836; Mercer Circuit: Cooperstown: George W. Clarke 1836-1837; Cooperstown/Astabula, Ohio: John Prosser 1837-1838; Cooperstown/Franklin: Bethel: John Barris 1838-1839; Henry Elliott 1839-1840; John K. Hallock 1840-1841; James R. Locke 1841-1842; Cooperstown: Theodore D. Blinn 1842-1843; George F. Reeser 1843-1844; John Abbott 1844-1845; Ignatius H. Tackitt 1845-1846; William Monks 1846-1847; Hiram Luce 1847-1849; Isaiah C. T. McClelland 1849-1850; Elisha T. Wheeler 1850-1851; John Abbott and Abram S. Dobbs 1851-1852; Edwin Hull 1852-1854; Ahab Keeler 1854-1855; Cochranton/ Cooperstown: Steven S. Stuntz 1855-1856; Robert Gray 1856-1858; Jeptha Marsh 1858-1859; John Abbott 1859- 1860; Nelson C. Brown 1860-1861; John C. Sullivan 1861-1862; William A. Clark and John C. Sullivan 1862-1863; John W. Hill 1863-1864; Parker W. Sherwood 1864-1865; Peter Burroughs 1865-1867; Cooperstown/Franklin: Bethel: James G. Hawkins 1867-1868; John Abbott 1868-1870; Ira D. Darling 1870-1871; Joseph B. Wright 1871- 1872; Josiah Flower 1872-1873; Orrin Babcock 1873-1878; James Albert Hume 1876-1877; Sylvester Fidler 1877- 1880; John Abbott 1880-1882; James K. Adams 1882-1884; Amos M. Lockwood 1884-1886; Charles H. Quick 1886-1889; James K. Mendenhall 1889-1891; Cooperstown/Franklin: Bethel/Bradleytown: James K. Mendenhall 1891-1892; George W. Corey 1892-1895; Oliver B. Patterson 1895-1897; Silas M. Clark 1897-1900; Horace McKinney 1900-1902; William Robert Buzza 1902-1904; Ellsworth C. Rickenbrode 1904-1907; Harry Keeler Steele 1907-1909; Francis Marion Small 1909-1910; James K. McDivitt 1910-1912; Ora Miner 1912-1918; Wesley W. Dale 1918-1921; Lewis Winfield Chambers 1921-1922; Ernest O. McNulty 1922-1924; Winfield Scott Ingersoll 1924-1926; Earl Delamater Thompson 1926-1927; William K. Young 1927-1928; Frederick Warren Hunt 1928- 1930; Clarence Leroy Hayes 1930-1933; Elmer Bemuth Moore 1933-1935; John H. Gresh 1935-1937; Earl J. Jennings 1937-1942; Wilson Roy Ross 1942-1946; James G. Hanna 1946-1948; James Williamson 1948-1952; Daniel Taylor Enterline 1953-1956; Leslie Lloyd Lyons 1956-1959; Victor Leroy Redfoot 1959-1968; John Albert Squires 1968-1970; Donald Bruce Beam 1970-1876; Raymond Lee Karns 1976-1984; Joseph Peter Martin, Jr. 1984-2017; Hae-Seon Lee 2017-November 12, 2018; Cooperstown/Franklin: Bethel: Hae-Seon Lee November 12, 2018-2019; Ronald E. Cox, Jr. 2019--.

History of Bethel UMC

History:

Methodist Episcopal - Erie Conference. This Church was organized by Reverend James G. Hawkins when he was pastor of the Cooperstown Circuit 1867-1868. The first meeting place was the Bowman School. A stirring revival in 1868 greatly increased the membership and stimulated the action to build a Church. John Deets gave the ground for the Church and cemetery and the building was dedicated in 1869. In 1908 a vestibule and belfry were added, and in 1958 the educational annex was built. This Church was associated with Cooperstown from its beginning, and in 1968 was part of a two-point Charge with Cooperstown. The 1968 membership was 122. The membership on January 1, 2003 was 113.

Pastors:

Cooperstown/Franklin: Bethel: James G. Hawkins 1867-1868; John Abbott 1868-1870; Ira D. Darling 1870-1871; Joseph B. Wright 1871-1872; Josiah Flower 1872-1873; Orrin Babcock 1873-1876; James Albert Hume 1876-1877; Sylvester Fidler 1877-1880; John Abbott 1880-1882; James K. Adams 1882-1884; Amos M. Lockwood 1884-1886; Charles H. Quick 1886-1889; James K. Mendenhall 1889-1892; George W. Corey 1892-1895; Oliver B. Patterson 1895-1897; Silas M. Clark 1897-1900; Horace McKinney 1900-1902; William Robert Buzza 1902-1904; Ellsworth C. Rickenbrode 1904-1907; Harry Keeler Steele 1907-1909; Francis Marion Small 1909-1911; J. K. McDivitt 1911-1912; Ora Minor 1912-1918; Wesley W. Dale 1918-1921; Lewis Winfield Chambers 1921-1922; Ernest O. McNulty 1922-1924; Winfield Scott Ingersoll 1924-1926; Earl D. Thomas 1926-1927; William K. Young Franklin District 295 1927-1927; Frederick Warren Hunt 1927-1930; Clarence Leroy Hayes 1930-1933; Elmer Bemuth Moore 1933- 1935; John H. Gresh 1935-1937; Earl J. Jennings 1937-1942; Wilson Roy Ross 1942-1946; James G. Hanna 1946- 1948; James Williamson 1948-1953; Daniel Taylor Enterline 1953-1956; Leslie Lloyd Lyons 1956-1959; Victor Leroy Redfoot 1959-1968; John Albert Squires 1968-1970; Donald Bruce Beam 1970-November 1970; Cooperstown/ Franklin: Bethel/Bradleytown: Donald Bruce Beam November 1970-1976; Raymond Lee Karns 1976-1984; Joseph Peter Martin, Jr. 1984-2017; Hae-Seon Lee 2017-November 12, 2018; Cooperstown/Franklin: Bethel: Hae-Seon Lee November 13, 2018-2019; Ronald E. Cox, Jr. 2019--.