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History of Pickaway County
Source:  History of Franklin & Pickaway Counties, Ohio
Illustrations and Biographical Sketches
Published by Williams Bros. 1880

 

MONROE
 

* MONROE
       * PHYSICAL FEATURES
       * SETTLEMENTS (includes short biographies)
       * CHURCHES

       * EARLY EVENTS
       * INDUSTRIAL PURSUITS
       * ORGANIZATION

       * BIOGRAPHIES
 

CHURCHES

THE HERON METHODIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH,

situated in the southwest part of the township, was formed soon after the settlement, which was in the twilight of the present century, and was composed, in part, of the following persons:  John PORTER and wife, Severen MADDUX and wife, Mrs. John FOSTER, Mrs. Catharine RICHEY, Mres. Eleanor THOMAS, several of the HAYS and REEVES families, and others, whose names are forgotten.  Meetings were held in the log dwellings of the settlers for a time, and subsequently, in the little log school-house, near FOSTER's.  Revs. Joseph HAYS and William MORROW were perhaps the first circuit preachers on this charge, which was attached to Deer Creek circuit.  For a list of ministers see sketch of Methodist Episcopal church at Williamsport in another part of this volume.
     A Sunday-school was formed in the old log schoolhouse, and this is still kept up during the summer season.  The present meeting-house was built as early 1838, and is, without doubt, the first church edifice built in Monroe township.

CLARK'S RUN CHRISTIAN CHAPEL.

     This religious society was formed early.  In 1822, meetings were held in a small log building, put up for school purposes, and standing on the site of the cabin now occupied by Mrs. Marion Van BUSKIRK.  In 1844, a hewed-log meeting-house was erected.  This stood on the site of the present church, on lands donated for the purpose by Claris HORNBECK.  In this log structure, such rapid advancement was made, that a larger building became necessary, and in 1858, the present substantial and commodious church edifice was erected.  Among the early members were John and Sophia Van BUSKIRK, and numerous children; Benjamin CORKWELL and wife; John and Abigail THOMAS, and several children; the ROWLENS, and many others.  For complete list of pastors, see the Christian church in Williamsport, which was the first organized in this part of Ohio.
     The church at Clark's run had, in its prosperous day, over one hundred members, with a respectable Sabbath-school, but, owning largely to deaths and removals, it has now lost its former prestige.  Regular services were long sine discontinued.

GREENLAND (FORMERLY TIMMONS) METHODIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH.

     The first class was formed here under the ministry of Revs. Philip NATION and Joshua BOUCHER, of the London circuit, in about 1834.  Meetings were held in private houses until the erection of the log church, called, by common consent, the "TIMMONS meeting house."  In 1853 a framed meeting-house was constructed, and the present name substituted.  Among the members of the first class were:  Benjamin MADDUX (who was first leader), wife and several children, Jesse PRITCHARD and wife, Wilson MURPHY and wife, Kendall LONG and wife, Elijah HATFIELD and wife, John BARKER and wife, Joshua LEASONBEE, and Mrs. Elizabeth TIMMONS, who donated the land upon which the first meeting-house was erected.  Among the names of ministers, the following are remembered: E. WEBSTER, William MORROW, N. HUGH, John W. STILL, George FAIT, M. WOLFE, C. B. WARRINGTON, T. HURD, S. MADDUX, T. HALL, W. BROWNING, J. YOUNG, D. SMITH, J. MARTIN, J. Q. LAKIN, F. F. LEWIS, J. LAWS, A. M. ALEXANDER, R. RANKIN, D. MANN, and A. R. MILLER, who is the present incumbent.  In the division of the circuit, this charge was assigned to Mt. Sterling.  The present membership is seventy-two.  The class-leaders are Leaving CORKWELL and Arthur HATFIELD.  Isaac CLIFTON, Thomas WHEELER, George CORKWELL, Asa CRABB, Jackson DICK, Millard DAVIS, and John W. HATFIELD and the trustees.  The Sunday-school was organized about 1860.  This has now some one hundred children in attendance.  Abner MORTON is its superintendent.

PLEASANT GROVE METHODIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH.

     In 1849, Rev. James MARSHALL held meetings at the house of John C. BERRY, where a class was formed, composed, in part of the following persons: John C. BERRY, wife and daughter, Rebecca, John HINES and wife, James STEELE, and wife, Mrs. Mary THRASHER, Allen LARRY, H. M. THRASHER, and Mary CARDIFF.  During the season of 1852, a meeting-house was erected here, near the school house, at a cost of eight hundred dollars.  In the fall of 1871 this was removed to near the "Four Points" where it has materially increased its membership.  It was formerly attached to London, but is now a part of Mt. Sterling circuit.  Soon after its formation, a Sunday-school was formed.  This still continues, with H. J. INGMAN as superintendent, who also leads the class.  The present trustees are: G. W. ADKINS, R. A. BUSICK, J. M. and Robert ABERNETHY, and R. A. BUSKICK, J. M. and Robert ABERNETHY, and Samuel Winfaugh.

THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH,

near Pleasant SOUTHWARD's, was formed by Rev. Caleb MORSE, in 1864, and was composed of the following persons:  Pleasant SOUTHWARD and wife, John SOUTHWARD and wife, James FOREST and wife, and Fleming CARDIFF.  Meetings were held at the houses of Pleasant and John SOUTHWARD.  In 1866 the present church edifice was completed, and cost thirteen hundred dollars.  A Sunday-school was organized contemporaneous with the church, and now holds its sessions regularly during the summer  months.  P. CLAIRAGE is its present superintendent.  The present church membership is seventy.  Among the names of ministers, the following are mentioned:  Revs. - POWERS, Caleb THOMAS, R. L. HARVEY, _____ SHELT, and RILEY, John SOUTHWARD, Benjamin  BRILEY, S. STONE and Benjamin SIEVERS.  The church is attached to Deer Creek conference.

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