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At a Glance
This collection is arranged in one series in numerical order.
Scope and Contents
This collection contains Jonas Coe's professional papers related to his study and pastoral leadership of the First Presbyterian Church of Troy, New York from 1792-1822, including his numbered sermons (the sequence is incomplete), other sermons, as well as addresses and speeches on particular occasions.
Burke Library record group:
Union Theological Seminary Archives: UTS 1, papers of faculty and students
Using the Collection
Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is open for research.
The following boxes are located offsite: Box 1-7. Please note that requests for use of boxes held in offsite storage must be made three business days in advance.
Conditions Governing Use
Some material in this collection may be protected by copyright and other rights. Information concerning copyright, fair use, and reproduction requests can be consulted at Columbia's Copyright Advisory Office.
Item description, UTS1: Jonas Coe papers, box #, folder #, The Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary, Columbia University in the City of New York.
UTS1: John Rogers Coe papers, 1819 -- 1823, The Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary, Columbia University in the City of New York.
Coe-Brown Family Papers, The New-York Historical Society.
Apart from the original numbering system, a number of sermons were taken out and presented to the First Presbyterian Church of Troy, New York.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
This collection was presented to the Union Theological Seminary Library on March 7, 1935 by Coe's great grandson, Professor William Adams Brown, D.D.
About the Finding Aid / Processing Information
Columbia University Libraries, Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary
Some material was cataloged by Lynn A. Grove on 1988-07-07. Metal clips and staples were removed from materials and folded items were flattened. Materials were placed in new acid-free folders and boxes. Acidic items were separated from one another by interleaving with acid-free paper as needed. Any items in an advanced state of deterioration were placed in Mylar envelopes. In 2015, the collection was updated as part of the Henry Luce Foundation grant. At this time, materials were placed in new acid-free folders and boxes. The finding aid was created by Brigette Kamsler and Carolyn Bratnober in 2015 with the support of the Henry Luce Foundation, and edited by Leah Edelman in 2022.
2022-05-03 PDF converted to EAD and description updated by Leah Edelman.
History / Biographical Note
Biographical / Historical
Jonas Coe was born on March 20th, 1759 in Haverstraw, Orange County, New York, to John Coe (1719-1782) and Hannah Halstead (1722-1804). John Coe was a Presbyterian Church Elder and civil servant; he served as Orange County's Delegate at the Provincial Congress in 1775 and Orange County Assemblyman to New York. Jonas Coe was a Revolutionary War Veteran and was the pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Troy, New York for nearly thirty years. He attended Rutgers College and received his A.B. in 1789, became a licensed Presbyterian Minister in 1791, and graduated with his A.M. in 1792. The Presbyterian Church of Troy, formally organized in 1791, chose Jonas Coe to be its first pastor in 1792. He was ordained in the first church meeting house there and served as pastor until his death in 1822. In 1794, Jonas Coe married Elizabeth Hunting Miller. They had four children before Elizabeth's death in 1805: Burnett M. Coe (1795, died in infancy), Edward Morris Coe (1796-1828), John Rogers Coe (1800-1823), and Eliza Maria Coe (1803-d. unknown). Eliza Maria Coe would marry James Brown (1791-1877), a great banker and generous donor to Union Theological Seminary, in 1831. Their son John Crosby Brown (1838-1909) would have many connections to Union; he would join Union's Board of Directors in 1866, his father-in-law William Adams was a professor and became president of Union Theological Seminary in 1873, and his son William Adams Brown became a well-known and beloved professor who became involved with many outreach ministries and political projects in his years on the faculty. Jonas Coe wed his second wife, Abigail Wallace (1771 – d. unknown), in 1810. Jonas Coe died in 1822.