Church of the Ascension 
548 Congress Street

Troy, NY

On Sunday, February 14, 1868, Rev. George H. Walsh, D.D., of St. John’s Episcopal Church organized at the home of William Cox on Congress Street, Ida Hill, St. John’s Free Mission.

The meetings of the Mission were first held in a room in a building in the rear of the Ida Hill Cotton Mill. Afterwards, they were held in the building at 326 Congress Street and later in the upper part of the house at 322 Congress Street which was then standing on the present site of St. Francis de Sales Roman Catholic Church.

Franklin W. Farnam and his wife, Jane K. Farnam, members of St. Paul’s became interested in St. John’s Free Mission and became determined to erect an edifice for its use to be called The Free Church of the Ascension.

Construction started on the church in the summer of 1869 at a site on the south side of Congress Street opposite Mt. Ida Falls. The cornerstone of the church was laid by Right Reverend William Croswell Doane, Bishop of Albany on October 19, 1869 and he consecrated the church on February 18, 1871. The tower of the church is one hundred and six feet high and has a chime of nine sweet toned bells made by the West Troy Meneely Bell Company.

In 1997, after the Church of the Ascension was closed for several years, the deed to the church was turned over to the Mount Ida Preservation Association which is repairing the building for use as a community center.

The following Memorial Names that were found in the church were transcribed by TIGS volunteer Rebecca Rector.

Name Memorial Location Inscription Church Status
Allen, C. D., 1st Lt. Large Plaque –  Dedicated Christmas 1920 Rear of Church 1st. Lt. C. D. Allen – Served in WWI  – Army Church of the Ascension, Troy Closed
Bailey, E. H., Corp. Large Plaque –  Dedicated Christmas 1920 Rear of Church Corp. E. H. Bailey – Served in WWI – Army Church of the Ascension, Troy Closed
Bailey, J. H. Large Plaque –  Dedicated Christmas 1920 Rear of Church J. H. Bailey – Served in WWI – Army Church of the Ascension, Troy Closed
Ballantyne, H. E. Large Plaque –  Dedicated Christmas 1920 Rear of Church H. E. Ballantyne – Served in WWI – Navy Church of the Ascension, Troy Closed
Beattie, D. S., Sgt. Large Plaque –  Dedicated Christmas 1920 Rear of Church Sgt. D. S. Beattie – Served in WWI – Army Church of the Ascension, Troy Closed
Benson, Jane Braithwaite Stained Glass Window Left Side Glory of God – In Loving Memory of Robert Benson & Jane Braithwaite Benson – 1907 Church of the Ascension, Troy Closed
Benson, Robert Stained Glass Window Left Side Glory of God – In Loving Memory of Robert Benson & Jane Braithwaite Benson – 1907 Church of the Ascension, Troy Closed
Bills, Alfonzo Stained Glass Window Right Side In Memoriam – Alfonzo Bills and wife Caroline Hammond – Gift of Their Daughter – 1908 Church of the Ascension, Troy Closed
Bills, Caroline Hammond Stained Glass Window Right Side In Memoriam – Alfonzo Bills and wife Caroline Hammond – Gift of Their Daughter – 1908 Church of the Ascension, Troy Closed
Bosworth, F. A. Large Plaque –  Dedicated Christmas 1920 Rear of Church F. A. Bosworth – Served in WWI – Army Church of the Ascension, Troy Closed
Braithwaite, Jane Stained Glass Window Left Side Glory of God – In Loving Memory of Robert Benson & Jane Braithwaite Benson – 1907 Church of the Ascension, Troy Closed
Brown, H. Large Plaque –  Dedicated Christmas 1920 Rear of Church H. Brown – Served in WWI – Army Church of the Ascension, Troy Closed
Buchanan, Margaret C. Stained Glass Window Right Side Gift Of Margaret Buchanan Stone – In Sacred Memory of Husband Henry A. Stone & Her Mother Margaret C. Buchanan – 1907 Church of the Ascension, Troy Closed
Burkhardt, C. H., Corp. Large Plaque –  Dedicated Christmas 1920 Rear of Church Corp. C. H. Burkhardt – Served in WWI – Army Church of the Ascension, Troy Closed
Caird, James Organ Plaque Front of Church James Caird Memorial Organ – 1929 – By The People Church of the Ascension, Troy Closed
Caven, W. J. Large Plaque –  Dedicated Christmas 1920 Rear of Church W. J. Caven – Served in WWI – Army Church of the Ascension, Troy Closed
Clark, L. B., Sgt. Large Plaque –  Dedicated Christmas 1920 Rear of Church Sgt. L. B. Clark – Served in WWI – Army Church of the Ascension, Troy Closed
Corps, Martha Stained Glass Window Right Side Gift Of Matthew R. Green – In Memory of his Mother Sarah Green & His Aunt Martha Corps – All Saints Day – 1909 Church of the Ascension, Troy Closed
Cox, Annie Stained Glass Window Right Side In Memory Of – Eliza A. Cox and William A. Cox – By Daughters – Annie & Mary G. Cox – (William Cox house was where the first service was held which led to the formation of the Free Church of the Ascension) Church of the Ascension, Troy Closed
Cox, Eliza A. Stained Glass Window Right Side In Memory Of – Eliza A. Cox and William A. Cox – By Daughters – Annie & Mary G. Cox – (William Cox house was where the first service was held which led to the formation of the Free Church of the Ascension) Church of the Ascension, Troy Closed
Cox, Mary G. Stained Glass Window Right Side In Memory Of – Eliza A. Cox and William A. Cox – By Daughters – Annie & Mary G. Cox – (William Cox house was where the first service was held which led to the formation of the Free Church of the Ascension) Church of the Ascension, Troy Closed
Cox, William A. Stained Glass Window Right Side In Memory Of – Eliza A. Cox and William A. Cox – By Daughters – Annie & Mary G. Cox – (William Cox house was where the first service was held which led to the formation of the Free Church of the Ascension) Church of the Ascension, Troy Closed
Dodds, R. M. Large Plaque –  Dedicated Christmas 1920 Rear of Church R. M. Dodds – Served in WWI – Army Church of the Ascension, Troy Closed
Dorlon, C. P., CPO. Large Plaque –  Dedicated Christmas 1920 Rear of Church CPO. C. P. Dorlon,  – Served in WWI – Navy Church of the Ascension, Troy Closed
Dorlon, J. H. Large Plaque –  Dedicated Christmas 1920 Rear of Church J. H. Dorlon – Served in WWI – Navy Church of the Ascension, Troy Closed
Dorlon, P. S., 1st. Lt. Large Plaque –  Dedicated Christmas 1920 Rear of Church 1st. Lt. P. S. Dorlon – Served in WWI – Army Church of the Ascension, Troy Closed
Egolf, Alma M. Stained Glass Window Left Side In Memoriam – Miss Alma M. Egolf – All Saints Day 1906 – By Sunday School Class And Friends Church of the Ascension, Troy Closed
Fake, W. Large Plaque –  Dedicated Christmas 1920 Rear of Church W. Fake  –  Served in  WWI – Army Church of the Ascension, Troy Closed
Farr, F. Large Plaque –  Dedicated Christmas 1920 Rear of Church F. Farr – Served in WWI – Navy Church of the Ascension, Troy Closed
Fisher, O. L., Jr. Large Plaque –  Dedicated Christmas 1920 Rear of Church O. L. Fisher, Jr.  –  Served in  WWI – Army Church of the Ascension, Troy Closed
Gillespie, P. D. Large Plaque –  Dedicated Christmas 1920 Rear of Church P. D. Gillespie  –  Served in  WWI – Army Church of the Ascension, Troy Closed
Green, Matthew R. Stained Glass Window Right Side Gift Of Matthew R. Green – In Memory of his Mother Sarah Green & His Aunt Martha Corps – All Saints Day – 1909 Church of the Ascension, Troy Closed
Green, Sarah Stained Glass Window Right Side Gift Of Matthew R. Green – In Memory of his Mother Sarah Green & His Aunt Martha Corps – All Saints Day – 1909 Church of the Ascension, Troy Closed
Hammond, Caroline Stained Glass Window Right Side In Memoriam – Alfonzo Bills and wife Caroline Hammond – Gift of Their Daughter – 1908 Church of the Ascension, Troy Closed
Holt, R. L., Capt. Large Plaque –  Dedicated Christmas 1920 Rear of Church Capt. R. L. Holt  –  Served in  WWI – Army Church of the Ascension, Troy Closed
Hulsapple, M. B. Large Plaque –  Dedicated Christmas 1920 Rear of Church M. B. Hulsapple  –  Served in  WWI – Army Church of the Ascension, Troy Closed
Knowlson, C. B., CPO. Large Plaque –  Dedicated Christmas 1920 Rear of Church CPO. C. B. Knowlson,  – Served in WWI – Navy Church of the Ascension, Troy Closed
Knowlson, L. K., Sgt. Large Plaque –  Dedicated Christmas 1920 Rear of Church Sgt. L. K. Knowlson  –  Served in  WWI – Army Church of the Ascension, Troy Closed
Lee, John W. Plaque on Wall Front of Church John W. Lee – Trustee For 50 Consecutive Years Attended The Christmas Carol Services Church of the Ascension, Troy Closed
Lee, John Walker Organ Plaque Front of Church In Memory Of – John Walker Lee – By His Wife – 1929 Church of the Ascension, Troy Closed
Martin, Ephraim Stained Glass Window Left Side In Memory Of His Parents – Henry L. Ward & Beulah A. Ward & Her Father – Ephraim Martin – H. Judd Ward & BelaJ. Ward – 1921 Church of the Ascension, Troy Closed
McChesney, L. Large Plaque –  Dedicated Christmas 1920 Rear of Church L. McChesney – Served in WWI – Navy Church of the Ascension, Troy Closed
McNally, R. J. Large Plaque –  Dedicated Christmas 1920 Rear of Church R. J. McNally  –  Served in  WWI – Army Church of the Ascension, Troy Closed
McQuide, J. C., 2nd. Lt. Large Plaque –  Dedicated Christmas 1920 Rear of Church 2nd. Lt. J. C. McQuide  –  Served in  WWI – Army Church of the Ascension, Troy Closed
McQuide, K. T., Sgt. Large Plaque –  Dedicated Christmas 1920 Rear of Church Sgt. K. T. McQuide  –  Served in  WWI – Army Church of the Ascension, Troy Closed
Mitter, H., PO. Large Plaque –  Dedicated Christmas 1920 Rear of Church PO. H. Mitter – Served in WWI – Navy Church of the Ascension, Troy Closed
Reisel, A. H. Large Plaque –  Dedicated Christmas 1920 Rear of Church A. H. Reisel  –  Served in  WWI – Army Church of the Ascension, Troy Closed
Richards, J. T. Large Plaque –  Dedicated Christmas 1920 Rear of Church J. T. Richards  –  Served in  WWI – Army Church of the Ascension, Troy Closed
Stone, Henry A. Stained Glass Window Right Side Gift Of Margaret Buchanan Stone – In Sacred Memory of Husband Henry A. Stone & Her Mother Margaret C. Buchanan – 1907 Church of the Ascension, Troy Closed
Stone, Margaret Buchanan Stained Glass Window Right Side Gift Of Margaret Buchanan Stone – In Sacred Memory of Husband Henry A. Stone & Her Mother Margaret C. Buchanan – 1907 Church of the Ascension, Troy Closed
Thompson, G. V. Large Plaque –  Dedicated Christmas 1920 Rear of Church G. V. Thompson  –  Served in  WWI – Army Church of the Ascension, Troy Closed
Ward, Bela J. Stained Glass Window Left Side In Memory Of His Parents – Henry L. Ward & Beulah A. Ward & Her Father – Ephraim Martin – H. Judd Ward & BelaJ. Ward – 1921 Church of the Ascension, Troy Closed
Ward, Beulah A. Stained Glass Window Left Side In Memory Of His Parents – Henry L. Ward & Beulah A. Ward & Her Father – Ephraim Martin – H. Judd Ward & BelaJ. Ward – 1921 Church of the Ascension, Troy Closed
Ward, H. Judd Stained Glass Window Left Side In Memory Of His Parents – Henry L. Ward & Beulah A. Ward & Her Father – Ephraim Martin – H. Judd Ward & BelaJ. Ward – 1921 Church of the Ascension, Troy Closed
Ward, Henry L. Stained Glass Window Left Side In Memory Of His Parents – Henry L. Ward & Beulah A. Ward & Her Father – Ephraim Martin – H. Judd Ward & BelaJ. Ward – 1921 Church of the Ascension, Troy Closed
White, Caroline Stained Glass Window Right Side Gift of Henry & Caroline White – Easter 1907 (Henry worshipped here from The date of the opening) Church of the Ascension, Troy Closed
White, Henry Stained Glass Window Right Side Gift of Henry & Caroline White – Easter 1907 (Henry worshipped here from The date of the opening) Church of the Ascension, Troy Closed
Zeh, R. M., PO. Large Plaque –  Dedicated Christmas 1920 Rear of Church PO. R. M. Zeh – Served in WWI – Navy Church of the Ascension, Troy Closed

If anyone is interested in helping on a similar project,
contact Bill McGrath at:  seamus@nycap.rr.com

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