The Journals of the Annual Conventions of the Diocese of New Jersey Online

A vast number of Diocese of New Jersey convention journals are now available online (1785 through 1920, with two exceptions) and are fully searchable. Here’s how that works.

When you click a link below to a journal, once the journal is opened in a new browser window, you can type in any term you might care to in the search box — for example, “Perth Amboy” — and all the instances of the term in that journal will be found and highlighted in the text for you.

Journals of course contain the proceedings of convention but then, as now, they also contain the bishop’s address, notices of the deaths of clergy and prominent laypeople, and a wealth of statistics and data about parishes. The journals are fascinating sources for exploring the life of this great diocese all down the years.

Below you’ll find a link to all the journals available at this time (March 2011). As more recent journals are digitized, we’ll add the links on this page.

Diocese of New Jersey Convention Journals digitized and online: 1785-1919

 

Year
Place
Notes
1785 –
1816
Varies (1st–33rd Conventions)
1815: John Croes elected as I Bishop
1817 St Mary’s Church, Burlington, 20-21 August 34th Convention
1818 Christ Church, New Brunswick, 19–20 August 35th Convention
1819 Trinity Church, Swedesborough, 18–19 August 36th Convention
1820 Trinity Church, Newark, 23–24 August 37th Convention
1821 St Andrew’s Church, Mt Holly, 22–23 August 38th Convention
1822 Christ Church, Shrewsbury, 21–22 August 39th Convention
1823 St John’s Church, Elizabeth, 20–21 August 40th Convention
1824 St Michael’s Church, Trenton, 18–19 August 41st Convention
1825 St Peter’s Church, Perth Amboy, 25–26 August 42nd Convention
1826 St John’s Church, Salem, 31 May–1 June 43rd Convention
1827 St Paul’s Church, Paterson, 30–31 May 44th Convention 
1828 St Mary’s Church, Burlington, 28–29 May 45th Convention
1829 Christ Church, New Brunswick, 27–28 May 46th Convention
1830 Trinity Church, Swedesborough, 26 May 47th Convention
1831 St Peter’s Church, Spotswood, 25–26 May 48th Convention
1832 St Peter’s Church, Morristown, 30–31 May 49th Convention: Death of Bishop Croes; election of George Washington Doane as II Bishop.
1833 City Hall, Camden, 29–30 May 50th Convention
1834 Trinity Church, Newark, 28–29 May 51st Convention
1835 St Mary’s Church, Burlington, 27–28 May 52nd Convention
1836 Trinity Church, Newark, 25–26 May 53rd Convention
1837 St Mary’s Church, Burlington, 31 May–2 June 54th Convention
1838 Trinity Church, Newark, 30-31 May 55th Convention
1839 St Mary’s Church, Burlington, 29-30 May 56th Convention
1840 Grace Church, Newark and Trinity Church, Newark, 27–28 May 57th Convention
1841 St Mary’s Church, Burlington, 26–27 May 58th Convention
1842 Trinity Church, Newark, 25–26 May 59th Convention
1843 St Mary’s Church, Burlington, 31 May–1 June 60th Convention
1844 [Not yet digitized] 61st Convention
1845 St Mary’s Church, Burlington, 28–29 May 62nd Convention
1846 Trinity Church, Newark, 27–28 May 63rd Convention
1847 St Mary’s Church, Burlington, 26–27 May 64th Convention
1848 Grace Church, Newark, 31 May–1 June 65th Convention (defective copy)
1849 St Mary’s Church, Burlington, 30–31 May 66th Convention
1850 Trinity Church, Newark, 29–30 May 67th Convention
1851 St Mary’s Church, Burlington, 28 May 68th Convention
1852 Trinity Church, Newark, 26–27 May  69th Convention
1853 St Mary’s Church, Burlington, 25 May 70th Convention
1854 Grace Church, Newark, 31 May 71st Convention
1855 [Not yet digitized] 72nd Convention
1856 Grace Church, Newark and Trinity Church, Newark, 31 May 73rd Convention
1857 St Mary’s Church, Burlington, 27 May 74th Convention
1858 Trinity Church, Newark, 26 May  75th Convention
1859 St Mary’s Church, Burlington, 25 May 76th Convention: Death of Bishop Doane; election of William Henry Odenheimer as III Bishop
1860 Trinity Church, Newark, 30–31 May  77th Convention
1861 St Mary’s Church, Burlington, 29-30 May 78th Convention
1862 Grace Church, Newark, 28–29 May 78th Convention
1863 St Mary’s Church, Burlington, 27–28 May 80th Convention
1864 Grace Church, Newark, 25–26 May 81st Convention
1865 St Mary’s Church, Burlington, 31 May 82nd Convention
1866 Grace Church, Newark, 30 May 83rd Convention
1867 St Mary’s Church, Burlington, 29-30 May 84th Convention
1868 Grace Church, Newark, 27–28 May 85th Convention
1869 St Mary’s Church, Burlington, 25–26 May 86th Convention
1870 Grace Church, Newark, 31 May–1 June 87th Convention
1871 St Mary’s Church, Burlington, 30–31 May 88th Convention
1872 Grace Church, Newark, 28–29 May 89th Convention
1873 St Mary’s Church, Burlington, 27–28 May 90th Convention
1874 Grace Church, Newark, 26–28 May 91st Convention: Separation of the State of New Jersey into two dioceses; election of John Scarborough as IV Bishop
1875 St Mary’s Church, Burlington, 25-26 May 92nd Convention
1876 St Michael’s Church, Trenton, 30-31 May 93rd Convention
1877 St John’s Church, Elizabeth, 29-30 May 94th Convention
1878 St Paul’s Church, Camden, 28-29 May 95th Convention
1879 Christ Church, New Brunswick, 27-28 May 96th Convention
1880 St Mary’s Church, Burlington, 25-26 May 97th Convention
1881 St Michael’s Church, Trenton, 31 May-1 June 98th Convention
1882 Christ Church, Elizabeth, 30-31 May 110th Convention (changed numbering; report in the Journal gives the reasons.)
1883 St Paul’s Church, Camden, 8-9 May 111th Convention
1884 Christ Church, New Brunswick, 6-7 May 112th Convention
1885 Christ Church, New Brunswick, 5-6 May 113th Convention; 100th anniversary of the formation of the diocese
1886 St John’s, Camden, 4-5 May 114th Convention
1887 Grace Church, Plainfield, 3-4 May 115th Convention
1888 Trinity Church, Trenton, 8-9 May 116th Convention
1889 St John’s Church, Elizabeth, 7-8 May 117th Convention
1890 St Mary’s Church, Burlington, 6-7 May 118th Convention
1891 Grace Church, Plainfield, 5-6 May 119th Convention
1892 St Paul’s Church, Camden, 3-4 May 120th Convention
1893 Christ Church, New Brunswick, 9-10 May 121st Convention
1894 St Andrew’s Church, Mt Holly, 3-4 May 122nd Convention
1895 Trinity Church, Trenton, 7-8 May 123rd Convention
1896 St John’s Church, Elizabeth, 5-6 May 124th Convention
1897 Grace Church, Plainfield, 4-5 May 125th Convention
1898 St Mary’s Church, Burlington, 3-4 May 126th Convention
1899 Trinity Church, Princeton, 9-10 May 127th Convention
1900 St James’ Church, Atlantic City, 8-9 May 128th Convention
1901 St John’s Church, Elizabeth, 7-8 May 129th Convention
1902 St Michael’s Church, Trenton, 13-14 May 130th Convention
1903 St Paul’s Church, Camden, 5-6 May 131st Convention
1904 Christ Church, Elizabeth, 3-4 May 132nd Convention
1905 Grace Church, Plainfield, 9-10 May 133rd Convention
1906 St James’ Church, Atlantic City, 8-9 May 134th Convention
1907 St Michael’s Church, Trenton, 14-15 May 135th Convention
1908 Christ Church, New Brunswick, 5-6 May 136th Convention
1909 St Mary’s Church, Burlington, 4-5 May 137th Convention
1910 Trinity Church, Trenton, 10-11 May 138th Convention
1911 St James’ Church, Atlantic City, 9-10 May 139th Convention
1912 St Andrew’s Church, Mt Holly, 7-8 May 140th Convention
1913 Church of the Ascension, Atlantic City, 6-7 May 141st Convention
1914 St Michael’s Church, Trenton, 5-6 May 142nd Convention: Death of Bishop Scarborough; election of Paul Clement Matthews as V Bishop.
1915 Trinity Church, Elizabeth, 4-5 May 144th Convention. (Numbering changed again)
1916 Christ Church, Trenton, 9-10 May 145th Convention. Christ Church is referred to as the Pro-Cathedral.
1917 Christ Church, Trenton, 8-9 May 146th Convention
1918 Trinity Church, Asbury Park, 14-15 May 147th Convention
1919 St James’ Church, Atlantic City, 7-8 May 148th Convention
1920 St John’s Church, Elizabeth, 5-6 May 149th Convention