Bellaire in Belmont County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Cornelius D. Battelle, Methodist Circuit Rider / The First United Methodist Church, Bellaire
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.
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
Erected 2014 by First United Methodist Church, Bellaire Congregation of the First United Methodist Church The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 18-7.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
Location. 40° 1.014′ N, 80° 44.601′ W. Marker is in Bellaire, Ohio, in Belmont County. Marker is on Guernsey Street 0.1 miles north of 34th Street, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Bellaire OH 43906, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. West Washington Street World War II Honor Roll (within shouting distance of this marker); World War II Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); War Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); World War I Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Colonel John H. Sullivan (within shouting distance of this marker); Bellaire High School Clock Tower / Central School Clock Tower and Bell (within shouting distance of this marker); Civil War Memorial Union Square and its Uses / The Question of Ownership (about 300 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Bellaire.
Also see . . .
1. First United Methodist Church, Bellaire Ohio. (Submitted on November 2, 2014, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.)
2. Reverend Cornelius Durant Battelle at FindAGrave.com. (Submitted on November 2, 2014, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.)
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