Rev. Lyman B. Weeks

Rev. Weeks was a recommended preacher to assist Rev. Ellenwood of the First Universalist Church with a revival planned for Febuary 25 to March 11, 1907.


Weeks, Lyman Backus, was born on April 11, 1849, in the town of Windsor, Broome County, N.Y. He was born in a log house, eighteen feet square, situated in a forest. He attended school in a little red schoolhouse, a mile and a half from home, until ten years of age. After this he worked summers and attended school winters until sixteen years old. This closed his opportunities of schooling. From that time he became a breadwinner for from four to ten persons.

In March, 1876, he was converted at Port Dickinson, N.Y., and in the following June joined the First Baptist Church in Binghamton, N.Y. Six months later, when returning from the week-night prayer meeting he felt called by God to the ministry. After thirty days of resistance he at last yielded and went to work. His first appointment was providentially arranged by an aunt, the result of which was a sweeping revival. The Baptist Church, of which he was a member, gave him license to preach.

He soon after discovered that he was not doctrinally in sympathy with the Baptist Church, and he accordingly joined the Port Dickinson Methodist Episcopal Church by letter (1877). He soon received a local preacher’s license and was sent to supply Nanticoke Circuit, on the Binghamton District. In 1879 he supplied Decatur and in 1880 united with the Conference, and at the same session was ordained deacon.

On April 11, 1869, he married Miss Catherine L. Winne, of Harpursville, N.Y.

His pastorates have been as follows: 1880, Decatur; 1881-82, Morris; 1883-85, Smyrna; 1886-88, Mount Upton; 1889, Marathon; 1890-91, Clinton Street, Binghamton; 1892, appointed to Le Raysville, but did not take the work; 1893-96, Greene; 1897-1900, Sayre; 1901-03, Lestershire.

Chaffee, Amasa Franklin. History of the Wyoming
Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church.
New York: Eaton & Mains, 1904, page 429.



Lyman B. Weeks was born April 11, 1849, in Colesville, N. Y., and died in Boston, February 4, 1915. His early manhood was spent in farming and mechanical pursuits. At the age of twenty-seven he joined the Wyoming Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and continued in that fellowship for twenty-five years. He then entered the Universalist denomination and was for five years superintendent of the churches of New York State, after which he became the minister of the Bushnell Street Church at Ashmont. In 1911 he affiliated with the Unitarians and was pastor at Westford, Mass., two and a half years, subsequently supplying various churches in New England. He is survived by his wife; one son, C. N. Weeks of Utica, N. Y.; and two daughters, Mrs. Jewell of Norwich, and Mrs. G. M. Humphrey of Albion, N. Y.

Source: Unitarian Year Book July 1, 1915 to July 1, 1916 found in Google Books, pages 160 – 161