Guide to the Record Book of Episcopal Society of New Jersey for the Promotion of Christian Knowledge and Piety 1811-1835 MG 893
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Inventory prepared by Bob Golon as part of the “Farm to City” project funded by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.
Finding aid encoded by Danielle Kovacs. March 2004. Production of the EAD 2002 version of this finding aid was made possible by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Finding aid written in English.
The Reverend James Chapman was pastor of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Perth Amboy, N.J. from 1811 until 1842. Rev. Chapman was also the treasurer of the Episcopal Society of New Jersey for the Promotion of Christian Knowledge and Piety. The Society was modeled after the work of the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, the greatest and most important society within the Church of England.
Chapman was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey, on May 15, 1785. He studied at the Princeton College and Theological Seminary, and was ordained deacon in 1807. After spending some time as the assistant minister at Trinity Church in New York, he was ordained priest in 1810 and named rector of St. Peters in 1811. Chapman was prominent in New Jersey diocesan affairs, being a member of its standing committee for 20 years and often a delegate to the General Council of the church. When Chapman arrived to the Diocese of New Jersey in 1811, it scarcely existed, with no bishop and little funds. After seeing both his parish and the Episcopalian diocese become noteworthy and prosperous, Chapman left St. Peters in 1842 and retired, remaining active in local Episcopalian affairs until his death on April 6, 1857.
This collection consists of a record book, kept by the Society’s treasurer, the Rev. James Chapman. The records include balance sheet information for the Society’s treasury, from 1811 through 1835. Prominent New Jersey area clergy shown in the transactions summary include the Rev. Lewis Pintard Bayard, rector of Trinity Church, Newark, the Rev. John Churchill Rudd of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Elizabeth, New Jersey, and the Bishop John Croes, the first Episcopal Bishop of the New Jersey diocese.
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This collection should be cited as: Manuscript Group 893, Episcopal Society of New Jersey for the Promotion of Christian Knowledge and Piety Record Book, The New Jersey Historical Society.
History of Union and Middlesex Counties, New Jersey, with Biographical Sketches. Clayton, W. Woodford. Philadelphia: Everts & Peck, 1882.