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The Christian Church of Springwater NY

The Christian Church and Society of Springwater and Canadice was formed in an unknown year. But because of a lack of support and participation by its members, the trustees of the church filed a petition with the courts to have the church disbanded and considered “extinct”. This was done in January of 1914. This map of Springwater township in 1872 shows the church located at the intersection of Wheaton Hill and Canadice Lake roads. It is marked as “C. Ch.” on the map. Also shown on this map is the Ford Cemetery just south of the intersection.

A copy of the opening of the indenture that was filed in Rochester is shown below. The complete indenture is also below.

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This indenture made the sixth day of January, in the year one thousand nine hundred and fourteen,

Between Thomas Eldridge and Clark W. Stuart of Springwater, New York, as surviving Trustees of the Christian Church and Society of Springwater and Canadice, . . .

of the first part, and . . .

The New York Central Christian Conference, a domestic religious corporation, . . .

of the second part, . . .

Witnesseth:

Whereas, the said Christian Church and Society of Springwater and Canadice has become extinct in that it has failed for five consecutive years and upwards prior to the 8th day of December, 1913, to maintain religious services according to the discipline, customs and usages of its governing body, which is second party, and during said period has had less than thirteen resident attending members paying annual contribution toward its support and . . .

Whereas, said governing body, being second party, has decided that the said Church and Society has become extinct for the said reasons, and . . .

Whereas, first parties as such surviving trustees did heretofore present to the Supreme Court their petition, dated December 8, 1913, and verified December 15, 1913, before Samuel L. Whitlock, Notary Public, obtaining authority and allowance of the said Court to sell and convey the lands and premises, of which the said Church and Society was seized to its said governing body, the second party, without consideration therefore, pursuant to the provisions of Section 16, of Chapter 53 of the Laws of 1909, as amended by Chaper 185 of the Laws of 1910, and . . .

Whereas, upon the presentation of said petition at a session of the said Court held at the Court House in the City of Rochester, New York, on the 30th day of December, 1913, Hon. S. Nelson Sawyer, Justice presiding, and orde was duly made authorizing and allowing first parties, as such petitioners, to make such conveyance without a consideration being paid, therefore, and without a compliance with Subdivisions 4, 5, 7, 8 and 9 of section 7 of an act relating to corporations generally, constituting Chapter 23 of the Consolidated Laws.

Whereas, in consideration of the premises, and for a good and valuable consideration to first parties in Land paid by second party, first parties do hereby grant, release and convey unto the party of the second part, its successors and assigns forever. . .

All that tract or parcel of land situate in the Town of Springwater, County of Livingston and state of New York, from and distinguished as part of Lot Number Thirty (30) in Springwater aforesaid, and bounded as follows: commencing in the center of the highway one hundred fifty (150) feet from the southwest corner of said Lot Number thirty (30) and running thence east nine (9) rods; thence north one hundred three (103) feet; thence north 67 degrees and 30 minutes west 36 feet; thence west one hundred eighteen and one half (118 1/2) feet; thence south to the center of the highway and the place of beginning, containing sixty two (62) rods of land, more or less, and intending hereby to convey the same premises as were conveyed to William Wood and others, Trustees of said Church and Society, by deed from Pina Walbridge, recorded in Livingston County Clerk’s Office in Liber 86 of deeds at page 225, to which deed reference is hereby made for a further or more particular description.

Together with the appurtenances and all the estate and rights of the said parties of the first part and of the said The Christian Church and Society of Springwater and Canadice in and to said premises. To have and to hold the above granted premises unto the said party of the second part, its successors and assigns forever.

In Witness thereof, the said parties of the first part have hereunto set their hands and seals the day and year first written . . .

Thomas Eldridge

Clark W. Stuart

As surviving Trustees of the Christian Church and Society of Springwater and Canadice.

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