A unique record book from the Revolutionary period which includes the names of Isaac Van Wart and John Paulding, two of the three militiamen who in 1780, earned fame as the capturers of the British spy Major André, discovering the letters of Benedict Arnold's treasonous plan to surrender West Point to the British hidden in his boot. Titled "A Record Book of the Dutch Church of Cortland Town Anno Domini 1793"; its members originally worshipped at the old Dutch Church at Sleepy Hollow (Philip's Burgh) which was immortalized in Washington Irving's classic 'The Legend of Sleepy Hollow'. In that tale, Ichabod Crane courted Katrina Van Tassel; there are many Van Tassels recorded in this ledger, including a "Catrina Van Tassel wife of Henry Tise" who was "taken in as member" in 1796. The early Dutch settlers of Verplank's Point had joined the congregation at Sleepy Hollow because they had no church of their own; in 1729 or 1730 they built such a church at Montrose Point. It burned down prior to 1792 and this record book begins with collections dated 1793 as the elders of the church were gathering money to rebuild. The founding elders of the church are Hercules Lent, Peter Goetschius, Abram Lent, William Lent, Albart Lent, Benjeman Dyckman (sic), Jacobus Kronkheyt, Jacob Lent and Henry Lent. Local contributors include William Dyckman, Martin Post, John Lent, John Ramsey, States Dyckman (sic), Abram Merrit, John Barret, Jacob Chatterton, other families including Henry Tise, Underwood, Montross (sic), Giffords, Brown, Clark, Reynolds, McCoord, Odell, Taller, Baysley, Brown, Lamb, Familiar (Vermilliar?), Conklin, Taylor, Cutler, Bakman, Van Wert, Storms, Acker, Jones, Morgan, Duglas, Haight, Travors, Birdchall, Oppy, Hause, Purdy, Mandival (Mandeville), Verplank and Clinedenny. Donations were collected from members of their old congregation at Philip's Burgh (Sleepy Hollow)- the list of contributors reads like a who's who of Westchester New York patriots and includes: Nicholas Storms (Revolutionary War soldier), Cornelius Lamberts (Revolutionary War soldier, 1758 - 1826), Gersham Sherwood (Revolutionary War soldier, 1735 - 1805), Benjamin Brown, Abram Brown, Cornelius Jones (Revolutionary War soldier, 1740 -1823), Isaac Requa (Revolutionary War soldier, 1758 - 1826), John Delaney, Mordecai Hail, John Davis, John Paulding (captor of Major André), James Hammon, Nicholas Storms (Revolutionary War soldier), Rachel Van Wart, Isaac Van Wart (captor of Major André) Jacob Bruckhout (Revolutionary War soldier), John Townley, Gabriel Requa (Revolutionary War soldier). Other prominent early settlers & Revolutionary War names and donors in the ledger include: Hercules Lent (early Peekskill landowner; 28 Lent family members served in the Revolution); Abram Lent, William Lent, and Albart Lent, Peter Goetschius (physician & eventual owner of a property in Croton on Hudson confiscated from a Tory); Benjamin Dyckman, Deacon (Revolutionary War hero), Jacobus Kronkheyt, Van Tassel, Montross (sic), Odell, Lamb, Conklin, Verplank, Buckhout, Livingston, Rutgers, Garrison, Lefferts, Houseman, Lansing, Cortland, Dubois and many more. Other donations were collected from "Governor Jay at New York" (contributing 3 pounds 4 shillings) and "Governor Clinton at New York" (2 pounds), as well as from the notorious Loyalist, States Morris Dyckman, the original owner of the outstanding Federal style mansion 'Boscobel', first built in Montrose, and later moved to Garrison, NY. States (or "Staats") Dyckman profited during the Revolution working in the offices of the British Army's Quartermaster General. He moved to England for a while, returning to his New York farm in 1795 when things had settled down, and making his donation to the rebuilding of this Dutch Church. States gave 8 pounds and his wife "Eliza" 2 pounds. The first part, recording donations collected, (p. 1 - 42); 43-45pp of building expenses; Collection for the church stove (p46-47); p. 47-50pp salaries paid in 1836; is followed by 22 blank pages; then records of new members dated from 1796 through 1811. The last section (33pp) of the ledger consists primarily of records of Consistory meetings, records of the addition of new members, agreements and indentures dating from 1797 to 1831. One of the entries of the third section is an indenture dated October 31, 1800 between Philip van Cortland and the trustees of the Reformed Dutch Church in which Van Cortland (son of Pierre Van Cortland) grants the church an undivided right to "Parsons or Montross (sic) Point". There is also a Consistory record of a section of the burying ground designated for "the black people which belong to the congregation". Loosely inserted is a laminated document of the family record of the Wessells family or New York. On another page in the ledger is a record of money given to the church by Pierre Van Cortland. In 1796, he gave the church a sum of money with interest for 10 years provided church pay certain amounts to two widows, probably Revolutionary war widows (page 15). Pierre Van Cortland was born in New York (1721 ? 1814) and was the first Lieutenant Governor of the State of New York. Pierre was a descendant of a distinguished Dutch family of New Amsterdam and established a manor in Croton on Hudson NY. Pierre was a patriot; he presided over the 1777 convention which drafted the first New York state constitution and served as acting governor of the state for George Clinton during the Revolution. Money to build the new church was collected from a wide area in and around New York, including: Philip's Burg, New York -[Gabriel Furman, John H. Livingstone, Gerard A. Kuypers, John M. Mason, William Linn, Simon Van Antwerp, Mrs. Cammenia (wid), Henry Rutgers, John Garrison, Derick Lefferts, Peter J. Curtenius, John Houseman, Capt Rugers, Anthony Post, B. Livingston, Jacob John Lansing, Nicholas Dubois, Mr. Ranson, John Durjee (Duryea?), Thomas Storms, Mr. McCombs, Philip, Byard, Mr. Stuyvesant]; Harlem- [Rev John F. Jackson, William Brady, Caty Storms, John Sickle, Thomas Brass, Mrs. Hopkins, Mrs. Adrianse, Peter Brown, Laurence Bxxxx, Isaac Legget, Mr. Bushing, James Depister (De Peyster), James Striker, A.W. Gown, Samson & Adolf Banson, John Myer, William Molenaard, Nathan Holmes, Mrs. Susanna Myer, Isaac Familiar, Jacob Myer, Jacobus Dyckman, Jacob Nagel, Gusthus & Frederick Cortland]; Fishkill - [Beverly Haight, Saml Verplank, Grysham Dubois]; Hopewell - [Cornelius Van Wyck, John B. Monfort, George Brinkerhoff, Storms family]; Hackensack- [Theodorus R. Van Wyck, Aves Van Der Bilt, Abram and Artie Durhee, Bunschoten family]; Poughkepsey - [Derick Westervelt, Frear family, Van Kleck family]; "Old Polse" (which lists old family names of New Paltz settlers)- [Horsebrook (Hasbrouck), Le Fever and Deyou, Dubois]; Shaungun (Shawanagunks?) -[Jacob Hardenburgh, Moses Freleigh, Dubois, Van Wegan], and and long list from Long Island - [Jacob Sharp, Barrant, Isaac & John Lefferts, Folker & Peter Rapleje, Peter Van Der Voort, Hendrick Lydam, Ditmers, Cortelyou, Wychoff, Van Brunt, Cropsey, Blauvelt, etc. As the ledger progresses, the donors are no longer listed by their local, but the list continues to hundreds of people, up to page 42. The church today is located at 2124 Albany Post Road, Montrose, NY, and is known as the Reformed Church of Cortlandtown. Unfortunately the 1795 church building for which money was collected in the ledger was demolished in 1970. The present building was completed and prepared for worship on March 28, 1971, using the original bell and the chancel cross from the 1795 church. Quarter calf and marbled boards, marbled boards a bit rubbed, a split at front board, but holding. A unique record of members of an early New York Dutch church with the names of some of the outstanding Revolutionary War figures of the time. [Ref: NY Times, "In Sleepy Hollow Cemetery", October 14, 1894] Very good condition.