Notes for Thomas Titus: Cornwall Monthly Meeting E.M. Ruttenber and L.H. Clark, History of Orange County, New York, II. Reprint, Interlaken, NY: Heart of the Lakes Publishing, 1980, p. 767-768.
FRIENDS' MEETING, CORNWALL (HICKSITE)
The Friends of early times in this town met for worship at the house of David SANDS (The Robert E. RING place of modern times). Mr. SANDS was a noted preacher of this denomination, and was very prominent in the public affairs of the town. In 1798 he visited England and Ireland, during the rebellion of the latter country, and passed unmolested from the camp of the Royalists to that of the insurgents, boldly preaching the doctrine of peace.
The meeting-house south of Canterbury village was erected about 1790, and the property, then of several acres in extent, was deeded in 1789 by Langford THORN to Joseph THORN, Nicholas TOWNSEND, and William TITUS, in trust for the Cornwall Monthly Meeting. The frame of the original building remains, but is no longer the time-worn, venerable meeting-house known to several generations. It has recently been thoroughly repaired, newly sided, roofed, and painted, and the grounds around it improved. It is now a neat, handsome edifice, yet of that plain, unpretending order characteristic of the Friends. It is said that in the erection of the original building of 1790, Catharine SANDS brought the nails on horseback with which the house was put together. These nails were of wrought iron, and were made at the smithy in New Windsor. She was at that time about twelve years of age. Six years later she was married to Elias RING, being the first marriage celebrated in the new meeting-house. In the division that occurred in the denomination throughout the country, about the year 1827, the Hicksite portion of the Cornwall Friends held the old property.
The following particulars are furnished by Joshua T. CROMWELL:
There was a meeting held at Cornwall before the Monthly Meeting was established.
Cornwall Monthly Meeting was established 11th mo. 21, 1788. The first clerk was John DEAN; the second, William TITUS, appointed 7th mo., 1792; the third, Amos MILLS, appointed 11th mo., 1793.
The ministers named in the record are Gardner EARLE and David SANDS.
The first marriage was of Elias RING and Catharine SANDS, 5th mo., 1790; the second, Henry REYNOLDS and Rhoda COCK, 2d mo., 1790; the third, Reuben WRIGHT and Philadelphia HAWKSHURST, 3d mo., 1791; the fourth, Jacob COCK and Hannah TOWNSEND, 4th mo., 1792.
'4th mo., 1789, paid for sufferings on account of our testimony against war, £35, and nearly clear of traffic in spirituous liquors; none distilled.
'4th mo, 1790, £17 17s., 6d.; no negroes as slaves.
'4th mo, 1791, £12 2s.; clear of dealing in spirituous liquors.
The deed for the property at Cornwall was made by Langford THORN and Mary, his wife, to Joseph THORN, Nicholas TOWNSEND, and William TITUS, duly elected and appointed by the Society of Friends at a meeting in Cornwall to purchase and take title for and in behalf of said society; is dated 7th mo. 9, 1789; consideration, £25 12s. 6d. It is a full warranty deed, and conveys ten and a quarter acres and twenty-five rods of land, including four acres called the meeting-house lot. Joseph THORN, John YOUNG, and Charles WEBB were appointed a committee to settle with the trustees for building the meeting-house.
4th mo., 1819, John GREEN, Noah TOWNSEND, Richard TRIMBLE, and Henry TITUS were appointed to repair the meeting-house. The expense was $1300. David CROMWELL was one of the carpenters. The present cost of repairing (1880) was about $1000.
Present clerks of Preparative Meeting, Charles E. COCK and Mary BROWN; of Monthly Meeting, James SEAMAN and Elizabeth SEAMAN; of Quarterly Meeting, Joshua T. CROMWELL; Overseers, J. Quimby BROWN and Charles E. COCK; Elders, John CROMWELL, Jacob SEAMAN, Chas. E. COCK, Phebe COCK, Hannah SEAMAN, Elizabeth CROMWELL and Martha SEAMAN.
Names of Friends that belonged to the first meetings and served on committees, etc., and had removal certificates from Long Island and other places to Cornwall, are as follows:
Names received: David SANDS, Nicholas TOWNSEND, Langford THORN, Joseph SHOVE, Job WRIGHT, Jedediah ALLEN, John DEAN, William TITUS, Jacob BROWN, Gardiner EARLE, Gideon MULLINER*, John YOUNG, Edward HALLOCK*, William BLOOMER*, William KNOWLES, Joshua SUTTON, Patrick CASHADA, Moses CLARK Nehemiah SMITH, Charles WEBB (afterwards a minister). *Probably residents of Pleasant Valley or of Marlborough.
Under date of 3d mo. 23d, the names of Jacob COCK, Benjamin PELL, Job DAVIS, and Reuben WRIGHT appear in the records.
25th of 5th mo., 1789, William TITUS was appointed treasurer; Joseph THORN, Joshua SUTTON, Nicholas TOWNSEND, and Job WRIGHT committee to look after the poor. 6th mo., 1789, Elias RING received by certificate from Concord, Pa. 12th mo., 1789, school committee, Nicholas TOWNSEND, John YOUNG, Gardiner EARLE, William TITUS, and Job WRIGHT. 3d mo., 1792, raised for the relief of the poor 5 pounds 19 shillings. 6th mo., 1794, Samuel SEAMAN received by certificate, and his wife, Keziah, and children, --Thomas, Martha, Silas, Rachel, and John. Women Friends named in early records were Phebe EARLE, clerk; Abigail FOWLER, Phebe YOUNG, Phebe DEAN were the first committee in care of Valley meeting; Clement SANDS, Hannah SMITH, Phebe EARLE, and Abigail FOWLER were the representatives to first Quarterly Meeting.
Hannah SMITH, Catherine PALMER, Elizabeth COCK, and Mary PELL were a committee to attend the meeting at Gideon MULLINER's house. At this time Clement SANDS and Mary TITUS were overseers. The second committee to attend meeting at Gideon MULLINER's house were Abigail FOWLER, Hannah SMITH, Philadelphia TOWNSEND, Mary CARPENTER, Phebe YOUNG, Letitia CLARK, Rhoda COCK.
4th month, 1789, representatives to Quarterly Meeting were Hannah SMITH, Deborah BROWN, Rhoda COCK, Letitia CLARK, and Philena HALLOCK. Other names mentioned in those early years were Phebe McCANN, Martha SUTTON, Anna TRIPP, Catherine PALMER, Sarah HALLOCK, Rhoda HOWELL Mary WRIGHT, Martha THORN.
More About Thomas Titus: Burial: Unknown, Prob. Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY.
Children of Thomas Titus and Elizabeth Townsend are:
+John Titus, b. Abt. 1814, d. October 13, 1880, Cornwall-on-Hudson, Orange County, NY or Stanford.