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New York, Frank S. Rowland Church Register, 1889-1917
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Collection years 1889-1917
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What is in This Collection?

This collection contains the private church register of Frank S. Rowland, who was a Methodist minister in New York from 1887-1904, in Michigan from 1909-1915, and Minnesota from 1915-1917.

This register is divided into sections for marriages, funerals, and perquisites. In each of these three separate sections, records are arranged chronologically. Rev. Rowland records these marriages and funerals in eight areas. Keep in mind that marriages and funerals are kept in two different listings.

  • Marriages begin in 1889 on page 2, image 1
  • Funerals begin in 1887 on page 150, image 64
  • Perquisites are contained on page 300, image 96
  • Blank pages were excluded from the collection

While the marriages and funerals are useful for those doing their family history, the perquisites show how Rev. Rowland was paid for miscellaneous ministerial services.

The list below indicates the years and churches included in the Reverend Frank S. Rowland's 30 year ministry:

  1. Hartsville Methodist Episcopal Church, Hartsville, New York. (1887-1888, funerals only)
  2. East Avenue Methodist Church, Hornellsville, New York. (1889-1891)
  3. Glenwood (now Grace) Methodist Episcopal Church, Rochester, New York. (1891-1896)
  4. Asbury Methodist Episcopal Church, Buffalo, New York. (1896-1903)
  5. First Methodist Episcopal Church, Olean, New York. (1903-1904)
  6. Asbury Church, Rochester, New York. (1904-1909)
  7. Cass Methodist Church, Detroit, Michigan. (1909-1915)
  8. Central Methodist Church, Winona, Minnesota. (1915-1917)

This collection can also be viewed in the donor's Fold3 gallery Fold3 gallery ($).

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What Can These Records Tell Me?

The following information may be found in these records:


  • Name of groom
  • Maiden name of bride
  • Date and Place of Marriage
  • Age at marriage
  • Residence at the time of marriage
  • Names of witnesses

There is one NY State Department of Health marriage report stub remaining between the pages. (image 5)


  • Date
  • Name of deceased
  • Age
  • Place
  • Remarks

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Understanding the names of the witnesses

Some of the same names of witnesses appear throughout this collection. When you find an ancestor, if the name of your ancestor's witness does not sound like your relative, it might be a relative of the minister who preformed the ceremony.

These names--in this collection--are sometimes abbreviated as M.M.R., M.J.R., or H.H.R. If you look through the entire collection you will notice more complete forms of family names such as Mrs. F. S. Rowland, M. Jeanie Rowland, A. A. Rowland, and Henry H. Rowland.

Who was Frank S. Rowland?

Frank Salmon Rowland was a well respected minister and member of the communities in which he lived. This register was kept in the family and passed down privately until donated to FamilySearch by a great grandson of F.S.R.

For a brief, but useful, biographic summary see this obituary in the Monroe County, New York, Democrat and Chronicle, December 2, 1917:

REV. F.S. ROWLAND DIES. Held Important Methodist Pastorates Here and in Other Cities.
Rev. Frank S. ROWLAND, D.D., for nine years a prominent pastor in this city; died at a sanitarium in Battle Creek, Mich., on Friday. He had always been in strong health until recently, but broke down a few weeks ago.
He was born in Groton, Tompkins County, on May 1, 1859, and so was 58 years old at the time of his death. He was received on trial in the Genesee Annual Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church in 1887, and appointed pastor of the East Avenue Church, Hornell. He came to Rochester in 1891 as pastor of the newly organized Glenwood, now the Grace Methodist Episcopal Church, where he remained for five years.
After seven years at Asbury, Buffalo, and two years at First, Olean, he returned to Rochester as pastor of the Asbury Methodist Church, where he remained for four years with the same success which had attended his service elsewhere. Then followed five years at Cass Avenue, Detroit, Mich., and three years at Central, Winona, Minn., where he was pastor until his death.
His influence in Rochester, and throughout the Genesee Conference, was very great. He was elected a delegate to the General Conference of 1908, which met in Baltimore.
He leaves a widow and three children. The oldest is Rev. Henry H. ROWLAND, missionary in China, home on furlough, but returning to Chingli, China on December 20th. Miss Marguerite M. ROWLAND is a teacher in Detroit, and Arthur A. is in the United States navy. The funeral and burial will be at Winona, Minn.

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