British Army officer Thomas Webb is credited with bringing Weslyan teachings to Albany while on duty at the fort in 1766. His stay in Albany was brief and Methodism does not seem to have caught on here until after the War for Independence.
Clerics prior to 1800 perhaps were James Campbell, Joel Ketcham, and others.
A Methodist burial plot was not depicted on either of the De Witt maps made during the 1790s but was included within the church cemetery plots laid out in the new cemetery in what is now Washington Park and was shown on the Randall Map of Albany dated 1809.
Later, a number of Methodist congregations were established in the city. By 1836, all three were located east of Pearl Street.
Today (and dating from about 1867), the descendant of the first Methodist ( Trinity ) church is located in a still impressive structure at Lark and Lancaster Streets.
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