Cornelius D. Battelle, Methodist Circuit Rider / The First United Methodist Church, Bellaire

Cornelius D. Battelle, Methodist Circuit Rider / The First United Methodist Church, Bellaire (HM1HM0)

Location: Bellaire, OH 43906 Belmont County
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Country: United States of America
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N 40° 1.014', W 80° 44.601'

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Cornelius D. Battelle, Methodist Circuit Rider
Cornelius D. Battelle was born July 13, 1807 in Washington County, Ohio. He entered the Methodist Episcopal Church on October 30, 1825 and the Pittsburgh Methodist Conference in 1833. He was assigned pastoral circuit duties in rural eastern Ohio and the small river settlement of "Belle Aire" where he delivered his first sermon in a warehouse during the winter of 1838. He established the first Methodist class of eleven members in 1839 and rallied subscriptions to build the first church in the community. He served the Ohio Conference for 64 years before his death on July 2, 1897.

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The First United Methodist Church, Bellaire
The first church of the Methodist Episcopal faith, dedicated in 1839, was built in old Belle Aire. A second church was located, in 1846, on land donated by Jacob Davis on 27th Street between Union and Belmont Streets. Overcrowding and noise from the railway prompted relocation of the church to lots on Guernsey Street donated by proprietors of the newly-platted town of Bellaire. Construction of the third church structure began in 1858 but was not finished until 1864. This Victorian fourth church building was constructed in 1889 with stained glass telling both the Biblical and Church stories added in 1966.
HM NumberHM1HM0
Marker Number18-7
Year Placed2014
Placed ByFirst United Methodist Church, Bellaire Congregation of the First United Methodist Church The Ohio Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, November 2nd, 2014 at 11:11pm PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17T E 521902 N 4429664
Decimal Degrees40.01690000, -80.74335000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 1.014', W 80° 44.601'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 1' 0.84" N, 80° 44' 36.06" W
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Area Code(s)740
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 3443 Guernsey St, Bellaire OH 43906, US
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